[ suhp-lee-uhnt ]
See synonyms for suppliant on
  1. a person who supplicates; petitioner.

  1. expressive of supplication, as words, actions, etc.

Origin of suppliant

1400–50; late Middle English <Middle French, present participle of supplier<Latin supplicāre to beseech, supplicate. See -ant

Other words from suppliant

  • sup·pli·ant·ly, adverb
  • sup·pli·ant·ness, noun
  • un·sup·pli·ant, adjective

Words that may be confused with suppliant

Words Nearby suppliant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use suppliant in a sentence

  • Instead she assumed a suppliant air, her beautiful eyes meltingly set upon his face.

    St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
  • Mr. Capt was in the habit of writing to the lady in the humble tone of a suppliant.

  • She gave him a suppliant glance, which he understood, for he did not insist, and she remained silent in her chair.

    The Border Rifles | Gustave Aimard
  • Since he played the part of suppliant, he argued with his opponent without heat, though passion might not be denied.

    Menotah | Ernest G. Henham
  • Thus he sat, dejection and despair stamped on his homely face; haughty, yet a suppliant; a king, yet only by sufferance.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte | William Milligan Sloane

British Dictionary definitions for suppliant


/ (ˈsʌplɪənt) /

  1. expressing entreaty or supplication

noun, adjective
  1. another word for supplicant

Origin of suppliant

C15: from French supplier to beseech, from Latin supplicāre to kneel in entreaty; see supple

Derived forms of suppliant

  • suppliantly, adverb
  • suppliance, noun

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