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Asking humbly and earnestly; beseeching.
A supplicant.

[From Middle English, one who supplicates, from Old French, present participle of supplier, to entreat, from Latin supplicāre; see supplicate.]

sup′pli·ance n.
sup′pli·ant·ly adv.


expressing entreaty or supplication
n, adj
another word for supplicant
[C15: from French supplier to beseech, from Latin supplicāre to kneel in entreaty; see supple]
ˈsuppliantly adv
ˈsuppliance n


(ˈsʌp li ənt)

1. a person who supplicates; petitioner.
2. supplicating.
3. expressive of supplication, as words or actions.
[1400–50; < Middle French, present participle of supplier < Latin supplicāre to supplicate]
sup′pli•ant•ly, adv.
sup′pli•ant•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.suppliant - one praying humbly for something; "a suppliant for her favors"
applicant, applier - a person who requests or seeks something such as assistance or employment or admission
besieger - an energetic petitioner
postulant - one submitting a request or application especially one seeking admission into a religious order
canvasser, solicitor - a petitioner who solicits contributions or trade or votes
Adj.1.suppliant - humbly entreating; "a suppliant sinner seeking forgiveness"


One who humbly entreats:
bónarmaîur, beiîandi


[ˈsʌplɪənt] (frm)
A. ADJsuplicante
B. Nsuplicante mf


, supplicant
adjflehend attr
nFlehende(r) mf, → Bittsteller(in) m(f)
References in classic literature ?
As the piercing tones of the suppliant swelled on his ears, they moved slowly in the direction of her person, and finally settled there in a steady gaze.
Madame Defarge looked, coldly as ever, at the suppliant, and said, turning to her friend The Vengeance:
To bow and sue for grace With suppliant knee, and deifie his power Who from the terrour of this Arm so late Doubted his Empire, that were low indeed, That were an ignominy and shame beneath This downfall; since by Fate the strength of Gods And this Empyreal substance cannot fail, Since through experience of this great event In Arms not worse, in foresight much advanc't, We may with more successful hope resolve To wage by force or guile eternal Warr Irreconcileable, to our grand Foe, Who now triumphs, and in th' excess of joy Sole reigning holds the Tyranny of Heav'n.
Yet, father, let me entreat you by the vow you have taken on you,'' replied the suppliant, ``not to leave the oppressed and endangered without counsel or succour.
You behold, madame, a prince in distress, son to the King of Persia, who, owing to an adventure so strange that you will scarcely believe it, finds himself here, a suppliant for your protection.
As an example of motiveless degradation of character, we have Menelaus in the Orestes: of character indecorous and inappropriate, the lament of Odysseus in the Scylla, and the speech of Melanippe: of inconsistency, the Iphigenia at Aulis,--for Iphigenia the suppliant in no way resembles her later self.
Besides," added he, lowering his voice and looking with a suppliant air at the cardinal, "let us give them apparent security; that is policy.
Therefore I am suppliant at your knees, if haply you may be pleased to tell me of his melancholy end, whether you saw it with your own eyes, or heard it from some other traveller, for he was a man born to trouble.
and yet pass the suppliant by and give nothing, or say merely: "May the Lord give unto you
prayed the kneeling suppliant, "protect my husband, guard my son, and take my wretched life instead
They were for the misery of her own lot, which took her away from this brave tender man who offered up his whole life to her, and threw her, a poor helpless suppliant, on the man who would think it a misfortune that she was obliged to cling to him.
Her reception was as cordial and frank as the manners of the country and the value of good society could render it; the two young women feeling, instantly, that they were necessary to the comfort of each other, The Judge, to whom the clergyman’s daughter was also a stranger, was pleased to find one who, from habits, sex, and years, could probably contribute largely to the pleasures of his own child, during her first privations on her removal from the associations of a city to the solitude of Templeton; while Elizabeth, who had been forcibly struck with the sweetness and devotion of the youthful suppliant, removed the slight embarrassment of the timid stranger by the ease of her own manners.