- Suppliant means asked in a humble manner.
An example of suppliant used as an adjective is "suppliant questioning."
- The definition of a suppliant is a person who asks.
An example of a suppliant is a condemned prison who pleads for his life before the judge.
Origin of suppliantMiddle English suppliaunt: see suppliantthe
- asking humbly; supplicating; entreating
- expressing supplication: suppliant words
Origin of suppliantMFr, prp. of supplier < L supplicare, to supplicate
Origin of suppliantFrom Middle English, one who supplicates, from Old French, present participle of supplier, to entreat, from Latin supplicāre; see supplicate.
(comparative more suppliant, superlative most suppliant)
- Entreating with humility.
- One who pleads or requests earnestly.
- 1963: I touch your beard as a suppliant, embrace your knees, imploring you to have pity on my wretchedness. — Euripides, Medea, trans. Philip Vellacott (Penguin Classics, p. 39)
From French suppliant, present participle of supplier.