Definitions for supplicantˈsʌp lɪ kənt
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someone who prays to God
petitioner, suppliant, supplicant, requester(adj)
one praying humbly for something
"a suppliant for her favors"
suppliant, supplicant, supplicatory(adj)
"a suppliant sinner seeking forgiveness"
one who comes to humbly ask or petition
begging, pleading, supplicating
Origin: Latin supplicans, "supplicating, bowing down" from supplico "kneel, bow down, request", from sub- "lower" + plico "fold".
entreating; asking submissively
one who supplicates; a suppliant
Origin: [L. supplicans, p. pr. See Supplicate, and cf. Suppliant.]
A Supplicant, one who supplicates, is a term applied to humble petitioners, and in particular to University of Oxford students who have qualified but not yet been admitted into their degree. At both Oxford and Cambridge, students are presented during the degree ceremony with a form of words that begins with the Latin verb "supplicant". The Cambridge text is: However, these students are referred to as graduands at Cambridge and most universities other than Oxford. The current online edition of the Oxford English Dictionary lists graduand citing usage from 1882 and 1890 and etymological roots of the gerundive of the medieval Latin graduare "to graduate".
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