• Mercy. Supplication, favor. Egyptian
    Mercy. Supplication, favor. Egyptian
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v supplicate ask humbly (for something) "He supplicated the King for clemency"
    • v supplicate ask for humbly or earnestly, as in prayer "supplicate God's blessing"
    • v supplicate make a humble, earnest petition "supplicate for permission"
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Supplication. Mexican pictograph Supplication. Mexican pictograph

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Supplicate To address in prayer; to entreat as a supplicant; as, to supplicate the Deity.
    • Supplicate To entreat for; to seek by earnest prayer; to ask for earnestly and humbly; as, to supplicate blessings on Christian efforts to spread the gospel.
    • v. i Supplicate To make petition with earnestness and submission; to implore. "A man can not brook to supplicate or beg."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • supplicate To beg for; seek or invoke by earnest prayer: as, to supplicate a blessing.
    • supplicate To address or appeal to in prayer: as, to supplicate the throne of grace.
    • supplicate Synonyms Request, Beg, etc. See ask, and list under solicit.
    • supplicate To entreat humbly; beseech; implore; petition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Supplicate sup′li-kāt to entreat earnestly: to address in prayer
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  • Roselle Mercier Montgomery
    Roselle Mercier Montgomery
    “The fates are not quite obdurate; they have a grim, sardonic way of granting them who supplicate the thing they wanted yesterday.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. supplicatus, p. p. of supplicare, to supplicate; of uncertain origin, cf. supplex, supplicis, humbly begging or entreating; perhaps fr. sub, under + a word akin to placare, to reconcile, appease (cf. Placable), or fr. sub, under + plicare, to fold, whence the idea of bending the knees (cf. Ply (v. t.)). Cf. Supple
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. supplicāre, -ātumsupplexsub, under, plicāre, to fold.


In literature:

Whenever she thought of that supplication she again felt the bitterness she had tasted on the rope.
"Complete Short Works" by Georg Ebers
Les sirenes des usines qui beuglaient la reprise du travail mirent fin a ce supplice.
"Histoires grises" by E. Edouard Tavernier
Her prayers and supplications were unavailing.
"Dyke Darrel the Railroad Detective" by Frank Pinkerton
I cannot withstand thy mute supplication any longer.
"Peveril of the Peak" by Sir Walter Scott
My-selfe haue seene thee busie to keep back Him and his supplications from the king.
"The Spanish Tragedie" by Thomas Kyd
Her vision was enlarged, and never went from any prince a more grateful supplicant and envoy.
"Donovan Pasha And Some People Of Egypt, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
The governors care nothing for our supplications.
"Hypatia" by Charles Kingsley
The civil-guards are not men, they are civil-guards; they do not listen to supplications and they are accustomed to see tears.
"The Social Cancer" by José Rizal
With what conscience could I supplicate heaven for his return when his wife is in my arms?
"The Ghost-Seer (or The Apparitionist), and Sport of Destiny" by Friedrich Schiller
And in me (kneeling) the less and greater senate of the republic kneel down before their master, and supplicate for favor and protection.
"Fiesco or, The Genoese Conspiracy A Tragedy" by Friedrich Schiller

In poetry:

Sister spirit, yonder,
By that celestial gate,
What throngs of weary pilgrims,
In supplication wait.
"Joy in Heaven" by Henry Clay Work
Shou'd all the globe unto the Godhead pray,
The dead-man's dreadful torments to allay,
Their supplications wou'd be all in vain —
A drop of water he shou'd not obtain.
"That It Is In Vain To Pray For The Dead" by Rees Prichard
Lift up thy mind, and soar above the skies,
And look at Christ with supplicating eyes,
Reflect what then he did and felt for thee,
Whilst for thy sins he hung upon the tree.
"A Preparation For The Holy Communion" by Rees Prichard
But our earnest supplication,
Holy God, we raise to Thee;
Bring us to Thy blissful presence,
Make us all Thy joys to see;
Then we'll sing our Hallelujah,—
Sing to all eternity.
"Hallelujah! Song of Gladness" by Anonymous European
Prayer is the secret, to myself I said,
Strong supplication must call down the charm,
And thus with untuned heart I feebly prayed,
Knocking at Heaven's gate with earth-palsied arm.
"Dedication" by John Keble
By the dear blood of Hampden shed,
In freedom's noble strife,
By gallant Sydney's gory head,
By all that's dear to life,
They shall not supplicate in vain!
No longer will we bear the chain!
"The Lancashire Hymn." by Samuel Bamford

In news:

I knew that the proper order of prayer is ACTS: adoration , contrition, thanksgiving, supplication.
As it opened, it briefly revealed a bloodied tile floor with other animals -- the slaughterhouse of the mosque, where supplicants left their gifts.
I knew that the proper order of prayer is ACTS: adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, supplication.
The fall pollen season has arrived, turning once-carefree summer sunbathers into sneezing supplicants in the waiting rooms of their allergists.
Supplication's complex, woody, tart, and fleetingly sweet body, infused with the juice of whole cherries, is refreshing rather than pucker face–inducing.
Is he the leader of a global dance party or just another supplicant to the cruel demands of radio formats.
Supplication 's complex, woody, tart, and fleetingly sweet body, infused with the juice of whole cherries, is refreshing rather than pucker face–inducing.
This year's akathist, a hymn of thanksgiving or supplication, was written by Archpriest Gregory Petrov in the 1940s.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
Job seekers stand in long lines at career fairs waiting patiently for thirty seconds with a recruiter who's going to talk to two or three hundred other supplicants during the event.
This close has an added benefit, by the way , by positioning the purchase as an agreement between equals, rather than a supplication from the seller to the buyer.