verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- petite bourgeoise,
- petite bourgeoisie,
- petite marmite,
- petitio principii,
- petits pois,
Origin of petition
Examples from the Web for petitioner
He took a pinch of snuff, he blew his nose with stately deliberation—all in order to keep the petitioner waiting on tenterhooks.Petticoat Rule|Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
Fouch returned an insulting answer to the effect that the government could no longer be responsible for the petitioner's safety.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte|William Milligan Sloane
She still claimed to be a petitioner to the king for the redress of grievances.The Campaign of 1776 around New York and Brooklyn|Henry P. Johnston
Even in the half-light the petitioner's face hinted brazenly of cosmetics.Ben Blair|Will Lillibridge
Outside their walls, no man has power to do more than to propose as a petitioner some lawful change.
Word Origin for petition
early 15c., from petition (n.).
early 14c., "a supplication or prayer, especially to a deity," from Old French peticion "request, petition" (12c., Modern French pétition) and directly from Latin petitionem (nominative petitio) "a blow, thrust, attack, aim; a seeking, searching," in law "a claim, suit," noun of action from past participle stem of petere "to make for, go to; attack, assail; seek, strive after; ask for, beg, beseech, request; fetch; derive; demand, require," from PIE root *pet-, also *pete- "to rush; to fly" (cf. Sanskrit pattram "wing, feather, leaf," patara- "flying, fleeting;" Hittite pittar "wing;" Greek piptein "to fall," potamos "rushing water," pteryx "wing;" Old English feðer "feather;" Latin penna "feather, wing;" Old Church Slavonic pero "feather;" Old Welsh eterin "bird"). Meaning "formal written request to a superior (earthly)" is attested from early 15c.
c.1600, from petition (n.). Related: Petitioned; petitioning.