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[suhp-li-key-shuh n]
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  1. an act or instance of supplicating; humble prayer, entreaty, or petition.
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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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Related Words for supplication

request, prayer, invocation, appeal, petition, adjuration, litany, rogation, entreaty, plea, solicitation, ave, obsecration

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British Dictionary definitions for supplication


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


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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