sup·​pli·​ca·​to·​ry ˈsə-pli-kə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce supplicatory (audio)
: expressing supplication : suppliant
a supplicatory prayer

Examples of supplicatory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Moscow, officials are playing down Putin’s supplicatory position. Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2023

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Word History


Middle English supplicatorie, borrowed from Medieval Latin supplicātōrius "pertaining to a petition or request," from Latin supplicāre "to seek the goodwill (of a person wronged) with peace offerings, supplicate" + -tōrius, deverbal adjective suffix, originally forming derivatives from agent nouns ending in -tōr-, -tor

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of supplicatory was in the 15th century

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“Supplicatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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