supplicate | supplicant

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humbly ask for something

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supplicate - beg

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The formal word ‘supplicate’ originally expressed kneeling in prayer to ask God for help or guidance. While it can still be used that way, it is now more commonly encountered in the context of asking somebody, particularly one in authority, for something in a deferential and occasionally even submissive way. Can have both positive and negative connotations.

Antonyms eschew

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  1. I admitted earnestly that I was at fault and was not too proud to supplicate myself before the judge and plead for leniency.

  2. Tom and Carol’s marriage ended because she said that he expected a supplicant wife, but she was far too independent and ambitious to ever be that.

  3. Nothing is earned purely on merit at this company. The boss only rewards those willing to supplicate themselves to her.

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