suppliant


1sup·pli·ant

noun \-ənt\

Definition of SUPPLIANT

Examples of SUPPLIANT

  1. <didn't like being in the position of a suppliant, having to ask her parents to help her pay the rent on her apartment>

Origin of SUPPLIANT

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from present participle of supplier to supplicate, from Latin supplicare
First Known Use: 15th century

2suppliant

adjective

Definition of SUPPLIANT

1
:  humbly imploring :  entreating <a suppliant sinner seeking forgiveness — O. J. Baab>
2
:  expressing supplication <upraised to the heavens…suppliant arms — William Styron>
sup·pli·ant·ly adverb

Examples of SUPPLIANT

  1. <the suppliant thief pleaded for a second chance>

Origin of SUPPLIANT

Middle French, present participle
First Known Use: circa 1567

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