supplication

[ suhp-li-key-shuh n ]
/ ˌsʌp lɪˈkeɪ ʃən /

noun

an act or instance of supplicating; humble prayer, entreaty, or petition.

Nearby words

  1. suppliant,
  2. suppliantly,
  3. suppliants, the,
  4. supplicant,
  5. supplicate,
  6. supplicatory,
  7. supplied,
  8. supplier,
  9. supply,
  10. supply and demand

Origin of supplication

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin supplicātiōn- (stem of supplicātiō). See supplicate, -ion

Related formsnon·sup·pli·ca·tion, nounpre·sup·pli·ca·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for supplication

supplication

/ (ˌsʌplɪˈkeɪʃən) /

noun

the act of supplicating
a humble entreaty or petition; prayer
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Word Origin and History for supplication

supplication

n.

late 14c., from Old French supplication, from Latin supplicationem (nominative supplicatio), from supplicare "plead humbly" (see supple). In ancient Rome, a religious solemnity, especially in thanksgiving for a victory.

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