[suhp-li-kuh nt]



a suppliant.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for supplicant

petitioner, beggar, suppliant

Examples from the Web for supplicant

Contemporary Examples of supplicant

Historical Examples of supplicant

  • 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




a person who supplicates


entreating humbly; supplicating

Word Origin for supplicant

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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