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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