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[suhp-li-kuh nt]
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  1. supplicating.
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  1. a suppliant.
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Origin of supplicant

1590–1600; < Latin supplicant- (stem of supplicāns), present participle of supplicāre to supplicate; see -ant; doublet of suppliant
Can be confusedsupplant supplicant suppliant
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Related Words

petitioner, beggar, suppliant

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  • So not as a supplicant did he come to her, but as one who demanded fiercely love for love.

  • Each god is to the mind of the supplicant as good as all gods.

  • A token is being exchanged between her and the supplicant at her right.

    The Tapestry Book

    Helen Churchill Candee

  • "He has just saved your life, my liege," cried the supplicant.

    Windsor Castle

    William Harrison Ainsworth

  • And, with a slight effort, he threw the supplicant from him, and dashed into the street.



British Dictionary definitions for supplicant



  1. a person who supplicates
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  1. entreating humbly; supplicating
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin supplicāns beseeching; see supple
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Word Origin and History for supplicant


1590s, from Latin supplicantem (nominative supplicans), present participle of supplicare "plead humbly" (see supplication).

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