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suppliant

[ suhp-lee-uhnt ]
/ ˈsʌp li ənt /
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noun

a person who supplicates; petitioner.

adjective

expressive of supplication, as words, actions, etc.

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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, adverbsup·pli·ant·ness, nounun·sup·pli·ant, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH suppliant

supplant, supplicant, suppliant
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British Dictionary definitions for suppliant

suppliant
/ (ˈsʌplɪənt) /

adjective

expressing entreaty or supplication

noun, adjective

another word for supplicant

Derived forms of suppliant

suppliantly, adverbsuppliance, noun

Word Origin for suppliant

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