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verb (used without object), sup·pli·cat·ed, sup·pli·cat·ing.
  1. to pray humbly; make humble and earnest entreaty or petition.
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verb (used with object), sup·pli·cat·ed, sup·pli·cat·ing.
  1. to pray humbly to; entreat or petition humbly.
  2. to seek or ask for by humble entreaty.
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Origin of supplicate

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin supplicātus (past participle of supplicāre to kneel), equivalent to supplic-, stem of supplex submissive, suppliant (see supple) + -ātus -ate1
Related formssup·pli·cat·ing·ly, adverbsup·pli·ca·to·ry [suhp-li-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈsʌp lɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivenon·sup·pli·cat·ing, adjectivepre·sup·pli·cate, verb (used with object), pre·sup·pli·cat·ed, pre·sup·pli·cat·ing.un·sup·pli·cat·ed, adjectiveun·sup·pli·cat·ing, adjectiveun·sup·pli·cat·ing·ly, adverb


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2. implore, crave, solicit, beseech.

Synonym study

2. See appeal.
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Examples from the Web for supplicatory

Historical Examples

  • "Let me go," he said again, with a look of supplicatory appeal.

    The Shadow of a Crime

    Hall Caine

  • Her letter was supplicatory, spasmodic, full of sorrow, and full of love.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope

  • Not the infant Samuel, who, in spite of his supplicatory attitude, found no pity.

  • His attitude was too humble and the tone of his voice too supplicatory to be resisted.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness

    Thomas Frognall Dibdin

  • The letter written by him to Vergennes on this occasion is one of his supplicatory masterpieces.

British Dictionary definitions for supplicatory


  1. to make a humble request to (someone); plead
  2. (tr) to ask for or seek humbly
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Derived Formssupplicatory, adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Latin supplicāre to beg on one's knees; see supple
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Word Origin and History for supplicatory



early 15c., from Latin supplicatus, past participle of supplicare (see supplication). Related: Supplicated; supplicating.

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