• Mercy. Supplication, favor. Egyptian
    Mercy. Supplication, favor. Egyptian
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n supplication 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"
    • n supplication a humble request for help from someone in authority
    • n supplication a prayer asking God's help as part of a religious service
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Supplication. Mexican pictograph Supplication. Mexican pictograph

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Supplication A humble petition; an earnest request; an entreaty.
    • Supplication (Rom. Antiq) 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 The act of supplicating; humble and earnest prayer, as in worship.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n supplication The act of supplicating or entreating; humble and earnest petition or prayer.
    • n supplication Petition; earnest or humble request.
    • n supplication In ancient Rome, a solemnization, or ceremonial address to the gods, decreed either on occasions of victory or in times of public danger or distress.
    • n supplication In the Roman Catholic and Anglican litanies, one of the petitions containing a request to God for some special benefit, as distinguished from invocations and prayers for deliverance from evil (deprecations and obsecrations). In its wider sense the word includes the intercessions; in a narrower sense it excludes these, and is applied by some especially to that part of the Anglican litany which begins with the Lord's Prayer.
    • n supplication Synonyms and Suit, Entreaty, etc. See prayer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Supplication act of supplicating: in ancient Rome, a solemn service or day decreed for giving formal thanks to the gods for victory, &c.: earnest prayer or entreaty, especially, in liturgies, a litany petition for some special blessing
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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
F. supplication, L. supplicatio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. supplicāre, -ātumsupplexsub, under, plicāre, to fold.


In literature:

And still the voices sang in supplication to the Virgin most powerful, Virgin most merciful.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
He knelt, he prayed, his voice breaking upon the stillness with anguish of supplication.
"Veranilda" by George Gissing
His voice softens; blind confidence and supplication give it an unusual tone.
"The New Book Of Martyrs" by Georges Duhamel
She felt how she would like to tell of her experience to any who denied the efficacy of personal supplication to God.
"Sparrows" by Horace W. C. Newte
Some rushed toward the soldiers, stretching out their unarmed hands in supplication for life.
"David Crockett: His Life and Adventures" by John S. C. Abbott
As Paul, engaged in sombre thought, made no reply, Silas turned away, his hands uplifted in supplication, and prayed aloud.
"The Fortunate Youth" by William J. Locke
Pole, who had previously dreaded supplication and appeals for pity, caressed her.
"Sandra Belloni, Complete" by George Meredith
She motioned with both her hands in dumb supplication.
"Rhoda Fleming, Complete" by George Meredith
The Countess gave a start, and rolled a look as of piteous supplication to spare a lady's nerves, addressed to a ferocious brigand.
"Evan Harrington, Complete" by George Meredith
They never condescend to supplicate brute force for aid to crush their opponents.
"Beauchamp's Career, Complete" by George Meredith
No confession of love, nor a single supplicating word to her friend, in excuse for the abrupt decision to so grave a step.
"Diana of the Crossways, Complete" by George Meredith
He supplicated the King for his life.
"Great Ralegh" by Hugh De Selincourt
She looks at me with dismay, supplication, and anger.
"Stories and Pictures" by Isaac Loeb Peretz
The men and women nearest to him fell upon their knees and stretched their hands toward him in supplication.
"The Golden Hope" by Robert H. Fuller
Moved by her supplications, Garnet complied, and presently afterwards Fawkes entered the room.
"Guy Fawkes" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Yet, of its power, relatively to supplication, none can have a doubt.
"Ancient Faiths And Modern A Dissertation upon Worships, Legends and Divinities" by Thomas Inman
Assur, an Assyrian potentate, is another devout supplicant at the altar of Belus.
"Stars of the Opera" by Mabel Wagnalls
Delegations and private supplicants always found him courteous.
"Abraham Lincoln's Cardinal Traits;" by Clark S. Beardslee
In the midst of supplication her mind turned worldwards.
"The Curse of Koshiu" by Lewis Wingfield
As soon as she got to Makkah, she threw herself at Aminah's feet and burst out supplicating as she kissed them.
"The Life of Mohammad" by Etienne Dinet

In poetry:

If stretching forth to God her hands
Means supplicating pray'r,
Then, from her own and distant lands,
Her groans have filled the air.
"Ethiopia" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
The cavernous woods are dumb!
Through their oracular depths and secret nooks,
To the mute supplication of her looks
No mystic voices come
"The Death of Autumn" by Kate Seymour Maclean
The sea, as by some inner demon stung,
Hath burst its glassy prison, and on high
A thousand waves in black despair are flung
In foaming supplication to the sky.
"The Life-Boat" by Alexander Anderson
O, that the Lord would hear
Our supplicating cry;
In our behalf appear,
A Saviour ever nigh;
And shine in every woman's heart,
That she may take an active part.
"Female Aid Solicited" by John Pierpont
Thrice ev'ry day, for the Almighty's aid,
The pious Daniel never fail'd to pray —
The royal Prophet, still more pious made
His supplications seven times a day.
"Concerning Prayer, And Its Proper Requisites" by Rees Prichard
The hands of Moses, lifted up on high,
To supplicate assistance from the sky,
More than the sword of Joshua destroy'd,
And all the troops that gallant chief employ'd.
"Advice To A Soldier" by Rees Prichard

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.