Supplicate Sup"pli*cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Supplicated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Supplicating}.] [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}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

2. To address in prayer; to entreat as a supplicant; as, to supplicate the Deity. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To beseech; entreat; beg; petition; implore; importune; solicit; crave. See {Beseech}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Supplicate — Sup pli*cate, v. i. To make petition with earnestness and submission; to implore. [1913 Webster] A man can not brook to supplicate or beg. Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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