suppliant

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sup·pli·ant

 (sŭp′lē-ənt)
adj.
Asking humbly and earnestly; beseeching.
n.
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.

suppliant

(ˈsʌplɪənt)
adj
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

sup•pli•ant

(ˈsʌp li ənt)

n.
1. a person who supplicates; petitioner.
adj.
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"

suppliant

noun
One who humbly entreats:
Translations
könyörgõ
bónarmaîur, beiîandi
lūdzējs
prosebník

suppliant

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

suppliant

, supplicant
adjflehend attr
nFlehende(r) mf, → Bittsteller(in) m(f)
References in classic literature ?
"Alcinous," said he, "it is not creditable to you that a stranger should be seen sitting among the ashes of your hearth; every one is waiting to hear what you are about to say; tell him, then, to rise and take a seat on a stool inlaid with silver, and bid your servants mix some wine and water that we may make a drink offering to Jove the lord of thunder, who takes all well disposed suppliants under his protection; and let the housekeeper give him some supper, of whatever there may be in the house."
Then he came to Creon and long-robed Eniocha, who received him kindly and gave him all fitting things, as is due to suppliants, and honoured him in their hearts even more.
Wemmick and I parted at the office in Little Britain, where suppliants for Mr.
Suppliants of all ages are seated round the altar at the palace doors, at their head a PRIEST OF ZEUS.
Mine eye no longer overfloweth for the shame of suppliants; my hand hath become too hard for the trembling of filled hands.
The sons of the Achaeans shared it duly among themselves, and chose lovely Chryseis as the meed of Agamemnon; but Chryses, priest of Apollo, came to the ships of the Achaeans to free his daughter, and brought with him a great ransom: moreover he bore in his hand the sceptre of Apollo, wreathed with a suppliant's wreath, and he besought the Achaeans, but most of all the two sons of Atreus who were their chiefs.
OEDIPUS Then may they show their suppliant grace, for I From this your sanctuary will ne'er depart.
He raised his suppliant eye, and seeing that she was leading him back to her quarters, his whole face beamed with joy and tenderness.
I went to my room and reread Joseph Alexeevich's letters and recalled my conversations with him, and deduced from it all that I ought not to refuse a suppliant, and ought to reach a helping hand to everyone- especially to one so closely bound to me- and that I must bear my cross.
The woman followed him along the sidewalk in somewhat the manner of a suppliant.
My generous friend reassured the suppliant, and on being informed of the name of her lover, instantly abandoned his pursuit.
Hearing that voice, so sweet and suppliant, seeing that look, so timid and downcast, Felton reproached himself.