supplicate

verb sup·pli·cate \ ˈsə-plə-ˌkāt \

Definition of supplicate

supplicated; supplicating
: to make a humble entreaty; especially : to pray to God
1 : to ask humbly and earnestly of
2 : to ask for earnestly and humbly

supplication

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

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Origin and Etymology of supplicate

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

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 him
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 to a request.
    • importuning viewers for contributions

SUPPLICATE Defined for Kids

supplicate

verb sup·pli·cate \ ˈsə-plə-ˌkāt \

Definition of supplicate for Students

supplicated; supplicating
: to ask or beg in a humble way : beseech


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