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 ?
Soon afterward he came up to a Shepherd and fawned upon him, wagging his tail as if to say, "I am a suppliant, and seek your aid." The Shepherd boldly examined the beast, discovered the thorn, and placing his paw upon his lap, pulled it out; thus relieved of his pain, the Lion returned into the forest.
Up, children, haste ye, quit these altar stairs, Take hence your suppliant wands, go summon hither The Theban commons.
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.
Now Chryses had come to the ships of the Achaeans to free his daughter, and had 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.
Madame Defarge looked, coldly as ever, at the suppliant, and said, turning to her friend The Vengeance:
The moment Sophia was departed, Jones advanced in a very suppliant manner to Mr Western, whom the parson held in his arms, and begged him to be pacified; for that, while he continued in such a passion, it would be impossible to give him any satisfaction.