Definitions for supplication
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word supplication
a prayer asking God's help as part of a religious service
a humble request for help from someone in authority
the act of communicating with a deity (especially as a petition or in adoration or contrition or thanksgiving)
"the priest sank to his knees in prayer"
An act of supplicating; a humble request.
A prayer or entreaty to a god.
Origin: From Old French supplication, from Latin supplicatio, from supplicare ‘to supplicate’.
the act of supplicating; humble and earnest prayer, as in worship
a humble petition; an earnest request; an entreaty
a religious solemnity observed in consequence of some military success, and also, in times of distress and danger, to avert the anger of the gods
Supplication is the most common form of prayer, wherein a person asks God to provide something, either for the person who is doing the praying or on behalf of someone else. This is because a supplication is being made, also known as intercession. In Christianity, the prayer of supplication for health by and on behalf of the sick is referenced in early Christian writings in the New Testament, especially James 5:13-16. One example of supplication is the Catholic ritual of novena wherein one repeatedly asks for the same favor over a period of nine days. This ritual began in Spain during the Middle Ages when a nine-day period of hymns and prayers led up to a Christmas feast, a period which ended with gift giving. A contemporary Christian example of supplication is the practice of the Daily Prayer for Peace by the Community of Christ where a member prays for peace each day at a specified time. Philippians 4:6 says, "Be anxious for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." In Islam, the Arabic word duʻā is used to refer to supplications. Adʻiya may be made in any language, although there are many traditional Islamic supplications in Arabic, Persian and Turkish. In Islam, duʻā tends to mean personal prayer.
Images & Illustrations of supplication
Translations for supplication
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
Get even more translations for supplication »
Find a translation for the supplication definition in other languages:
Select another language:
Discuss these supplication definitions with the community:
Word of the Day
Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?
Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:
"supplication." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2015. Web. 28 Nov. 2015. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/supplication>.