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suppliant

[suhp-lee-uh nt] /ˈsʌp li ənt/
noun
1.
a person who supplicates; petitioner.
adjective
3.
expressive of supplication, as words, actions, etc.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French, present participle of supplier < Latin supplicāre to beseech, supplicate. See -ant
Related forms
suppliantly, adverb
suppliantness, noun
unsuppliant, adjective
Can be confused
supplant, supplicant, suppliant.

Suppliants, The

noun
1.
a tragedy (c463 b.c.) by Aeschylus.
2.
a tragedy (c420 b.c.) by Euripides.
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British Dictionary definitions for suppliants

suppliant

/ˈsʌplɪənt/
adjective
1.
expressing entreaty or supplication
noun, adjective
2.
another word for supplicant
Derived Forms
suppliantly, adverb
suppliance, noun
Word Origin
C15: from French supplier to beseech, from Latin supplicāre to kneel in entreaty; see supple
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Word Origin and History for suppliants

suppliant

n.

early 15c., "humble petitioner," from Middle French suppliant, originally present participle of supplier "to plead humbly, entreat, beg, pray," from Latin supplicare "beg, beseech" (see supplication).

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