suppliant

noun
sup·​pli·​ant | \ ˈsə-plē-ənt How to pronounce suppliant (audio) \

Definition of suppliant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

suppliant

adjective

Definition of suppliant (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : humbly imploring : entreating a suppliant sinner seeking forgiveness— O. J. Baab
2 : expressing supplication upraised to the heavens … suppliant arms— William Styron

Other Words from suppliant

Adjective

suppliantly adverb

Examples of suppliant in a Sentence

Noun didn't like being in the position of a suppliant, having to ask her parents to help her pay the rent on her apartment Adjective the suppliant thief pleaded for a second chance
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Like other Te Deums, the work is both laudatory and suppliant, petitioning the divine for continued mercy. Hannah Edgar, chicagotribune.com, 21 Aug. 2021 It was thought that Betelgeuse was bigger than the orbit of Jupiter in our Solar System, but recent studies suggest that the red suppliant star is about a third less than that at about 750 the radius of our Sun. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 16 June 2021 William pays price for grabbing The reaction of the male to his suppliants varies. National Geographic, 17 Apr. 2019 Part of the progress, according to Mr. Selee, is a reaction against President Trump’s Mexiphobia, but the underlying influences are long-term and irreversible: Mexico is no longer a feeble suppliant but a potent, necessary partner. Felipe Fernández-armesto, WSJ, 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of suppliant

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for suppliant

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from present participle of supplier to supplicate, from Latin supplicare

Adjective

Middle French, present participle

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“Suppliant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suppliant. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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