- to pray humbly; make humble and earnest entreaty or petition.
- to pray humbly to; entreat or petition humbly.
- to seek or ask for by humble entreaty.
Origin of supplicate
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2. implore, crave, solicit, beseech.
2. See appeal.
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Examples from the Web for supplicatory
"Let me go," he said again, with a look of supplicatory appeal.The Shadow of a Crime
Her letter was supplicatory, spasmodic, full of sorrow, and full of love.Is He Popenjoy?</p>
Not the infant Samuel, who, in spite of his supplicatory attitude, found no pity.Dr. Jolliffe's Boys
His attitude was too humble and the tone of his voice too supplicatory to be resisted.Bibliomania; or Book-Madness</p>
Thomas Frognall Dibdin
The letter written by him to Vergennes on this occasion is one of his supplicatory masterpieces.Benjamin Franklin; Self-Revealed, Volume II (of 2)
Wiliam Cabell Bruce
- to make a humble request to (someone); plead
- (tr) to ask for or seek humbly
C15: from Latin supplicāre to beg on one's knees; see supple
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Word Origin and History for supplicatory
early 15c., from Latin supplicatus, past participle of supplicare (see supplication). Related: Supplicated; supplicating.
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