Suppliant means someone who is asking humbly. You enter church as a suppliant, asking God to spare you from illness. You ask in a suppliant (humble) manner, because you know God is stern and demands total faith.

Suppliant is not a word you hear often these days — it was tailor-made to be used in the days when common people spent much of their lives on their knees in big stone buildings begging for things from monarchs or from God — think hair shirts, prayer, suppliants begging the lord of the manor not to kill them for missing a payment on the rent.

Definitions of suppliant

adj humbly entreating

“a suppliant sinner seeking forgiveness”
supplicant, supplicatory
beseeching, imploring, pleading

n one praying humbly for something

“a suppliant for her favors”
petitioner, requester, supplicant
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an energetic petitioner
one submitting a request or application especially one seeking admission into a religious order
canvasser, solicitor
a petitioner who solicits contributions or trade or votes
someone who solicits financial contributions
Type of:
applicant, applier
a person who requests or seeks something such as assistance or employment or admission

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