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English definition of “supplicant”


noun [C]     /ˈsʌp.lɪ.kənt/ (also suppliant /ˈsʌənt/) formal
a person who asks a god or someone who is in a position of power for something in a humble wayMaking appeals and requests supplication     /ˌsʌp.lɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ noun [U] Inside the temple, worshippers were kneeling in supplication.Making appeals and requests
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