What does supplication mean?

Definitions for supplication

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. invocation, supplication(noun)

    a prayer asking God's help as part of a religious service

  2. supplication, plea(noun)

    a humble request for help from someone in authority

  3. prayer, supplication(noun)

    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"


  1. supplication(Noun)

    An act of supplicating; a humble request.

  2. supplication(Noun)

    A prayer or entreaty to a god.

  3. Origin: From Old French supplication, from Latin supplicatio, from supplicare ‘to supplicate’.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Supplication(noun)

    the act of supplicating; humble and earnest prayer, as in worship

  2. Supplication(noun)

    a humble petition; an earnest request; an entreaty

  3. Supplication(noun)

    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


  1. Supplication

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. supplication

    personally intervene with action by surfeit

    I shared my bread with an passing stranger by supplication and I would not otherwise have feared.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of supplication in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of supplication in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger, chapter 10 (1916):

    [Humanity] has unquestionably one really effective weapon—laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution—these can lift at a colossal humbug—push it a little—weaken it a little, century by century; but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.

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