What does suppliant mean?

Definitions for suppliant
ˈsʌp li əntsup·pli·ant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. petitioner, suppliant, supplicant, requesteradjective

    one praying humbly for something

    "a suppliant for her favors"

  2. suppliant, supplicant, supplicatoryadjective

    humbly entreating

    "a suppliant sinner seeking forgiveness"


  1. suppliantnoun

    One who pleads or requests earnestly.

  2. suppliantadjective

    Entreating with humility.

  3. Etymology: From suppliant, present participle of supplier.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Suppliantadjective

    Entreating; beseeching; precatory; submissive.

    Etymology: suppliant, Fr.

    To those legions your levy
    Must be suppliant. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    To bow and sue for grace with suppliant knee. John Milton.

    The rich grow suppliant, and the poor grow proud;
    Those offer mighty gain, and these ask more. Dryden.

    Constant to his first decree,
    To bow the haughty neck, and raise the suppliant knee. Matthew Prior.

  2. Suppliantnoun

    An humble petitioner; one who begs submissively.

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    A petition from a Florentine I undertook,
    Vanquish’d thereto by the fair grace and speech
    Of the poor suppliant. William Shakespeare.

    When corn was given them gratis, you repin’d;
    Scandal’d the suppliants for the people, call’d them
    Time-pleasers, flatterers. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Hourly suitors come:
    The east with incense and the west with gold,
    Will stand like suppliants to receive her doom. Dryden.

    Spare this life, and hear thy suppliant’s prayer. Dryden.


  1. suppliant

    Supplication (also known as petitioning) is a form of prayer, wherein one party humbly or earnestly asks another party to provide something, either for the party who is doing the supplicating (e.g., "Please spare my life.") or on behalf of someone else.


  1. suppliant

    A suppliant is a person who makes a humble plea to someone in power or authority, often for help or a favor. Typically, they are earnestly begging or praying to this authority, often in a respectful or submissive way.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Suppliantadjective

    asking earnestly and submissively; entreating; beseeching; supplicating

  2. Suppliantadjective

    manifesting entreaty; expressive of supplication

  3. Suppliantnoun

    one who supplicates; a humble petitioner; one who entreats submissively

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Suppliant

    sup′li-ant, adj. supplicating: asking earnestly: entreating.—n. a humble petitioner.—adv. Supp′liantly.—n. Supp′liantness. [Fr. suppliant, pr.p. of supplier—L. supplicāre.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of suppliant in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of suppliant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of suppliant in a Sentence

  1. Mahabharata:

    Let none with scorn a suppliant meet, Or from the door untended spurn A dog; an outcast kindly treat; And so thou shalt be blest in turn.

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