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[suhp-li-keyt] /ˈsʌp lɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used without object), supplicated, supplicating.
to pray humbly; make humble and earnest entreaty or petition.
verb (used with object), supplicated, supplicating.
to pray humbly to; entreat or petition humbly.
to seek or ask for by humble entreaty.
Origin of supplicate
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin supplicātus (past participle of supplicāre to kneel), equivalent to supplic-, stem of supplex submissive, suppliant (see supple) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
supplicatingly, adverb
[suhp-li-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈsʌp lɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
nonsupplicating, adjective
presupplicate, verb (used with object), presupplicated, presupplicating.
unsupplicated, adjective
unsupplicating, adjective
unsupplicatingly, adverb
2. implore, crave, solicit, beseech.
Synonym Study
2. See appeal. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for supplicatory
Historical Examples
  • "Let me go," he said again, with a look of supplicatory appeal.

  • Her letter was supplicatory, spasmodic, full of sorrow, and full of love.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • Not the infant Samuel, who, in spite of his supplicatory attitude, found no pity.

    Dr. Jolliffe's Boys Lewis Hough
  • His attitude was too humble and the tone of his voice too supplicatory to be resisted.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness

    Thomas Frognall Dibdin
  • The letter written by him to Vergennes on this occasion is one of his supplicatory masterpieces.

  • Mrs. Brimmer cast a supplicatory look at Miss Keene, and hastily quitted the room.

  • The lights at the altar burnt dimly in his eyes—the loud antiphon and the supplicatory prayer fell upon a listless ear.

    The Lancashire Witches William Harrison Ainsworth
  • I should have thought myself in paradise had not the supplicatory tones of the clergy announced a felicity still imperfect.

  • Altogether, a brace of more romantic she-beggars it was never our fortune to meet in this supplicatory world.

  • The supplicatory tones were hard to resist, but I saw the enemy advancing, and hastened back to the General.

British Dictionary definitions for supplicatory


to make a humble request to (someone); plead
(transitive) to ask for or seek humbly
Derived Forms
supplicatory, adjective
Word Origin
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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