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[suhp-li-key-shuh n] /ˌsʌp lɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
an act or instance of supplicating; humble prayer, entreaty, or petition.
Origin of supplication
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin supplicātiōn- (stem of supplicātiō). See supplicate, -ion
Related forms
nonsupplication, noun
presupplication, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for supplication
  • Ritual art-used to connect with the spiritual world through prayer and supplication-can still be found in caves and shrines.
  • They raise their hands in supplication, then lower them into a stream of water that splashes down the rocks and onto the floor.
  • It appeared to them as if it were raising its branches in supplication.
  • Voluntary mortgage modifications by lenders based upon supplication alone are not even touching the foreclosure problem.
  • It was manifest, long before she had finished, that her supplication could not be resisted.
British Dictionary definitions for supplication


the act of supplicating
a humble entreaty or petition; prayer
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Word Origin and History for supplication

late 14c., from Old French supplication, from Latin supplicationem (nominative supplicatio), from supplicare "plead humbly" (see supple). In ancient Rome, a religious solemnity, especially in thanksgiving for a victory.

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