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[suhp-li-kuh nt] /ˈsʌp lɪ kənt/
a suppliant.
Origin of supplicant
1590-1600; < Latin supplicant- (stem of supplicāns), present participle of supplicāre to supplicate; see -ant; doublet of suppliant
Can be confused
supplant, supplicant, suppliant. Unabridged
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  • So not as a supplicant did he come to her, but as one who demanded fiercely love for love.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • Each god is to the mind of the supplicant as good as all gods.

  • There was a long silence, during which the supplicant looked on the floor, and the master at him.

    The Fair God Lew Wallace
  • "He has just saved your life, my liege," cried the supplicant.

    Windsor Castle William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Taking a firm hold on her will, she raised her eyes full upon his supplicant figure suing before her.

    The Red Debt Everett MacDonald
  • And he undid her own riband from his arm, and put it around the neck of the supplicant.

  • From the point of view of the supplicant, the danger to be conjured was something like the end of the world, or worse.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • I believe these men keep a supplicant, as Moses maintains a poet.

    Guy Livingstone; George A. Lawrence
  • Dawn was already glimmering without when the supplicant at last rose and sought her couch.

British Dictionary definitions for supplicant


a person who supplicates
entreating humbly; supplicating
Word Origin
C16: from Latin supplicāns beseeching; see supple
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Word Origin and History for supplicant

1590s, from Latin supplicantem (nominative supplicans), present participle of supplicare "plead humbly" (see supplication).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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