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verb sup·pli·cate \ˈsə-plə-ˌkāt\

Definition of supplicate



  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to make a humble entreaty; especially :  to pray to God

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to ask humbly and earnestly of

  5. 2 :  to ask for earnestly and humbly


play \ˌsə-plə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

Examples of supplicate in a sentence

  1. <the minister reminded his flock that God is a being to be obeyed and worshipped always and not just someone to be supplicated in times of trouble>

Origin and Etymology of supplicate

Middle English, from Latin supplicatus, past participle of supplicare, from supplic-, supplex supplicant — more at supple

First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of supplicate

beg, entreat, beseech, implore, supplicate, adjure, importune mean to ask urgently. beg suggests earnestness or insistence in the asking <they begged for help>. entreat implies an effort to persuade or to overcome resistance <entreated me to join them>. beseech and implore imply a deeply felt anxiety <I beseech you to have mercy> <implored her not to leave>. supplicate suggests a posture of humility <with bowed heads they supplicated their Lord>. adjure implies advising as well as pleading <we were adjured to tell the truth>. importune suggests an annoying persistence in trying to break down resistance <importuning viewers for donations>.

SUPPLICATE Defined for Kids


verb sup·pli·cate \ˈsə-plə-ˌkāt\

Definition of supplicate for Students



  1. :  to ask or beg in a humble way :  beseech

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