supplicate

If you don’t get the grade you were hoping for on your paper, you could try to rewrite it, or you could meet with your teacher and supplicate. Your humble requests for an ‘A’ may or may not work.

This verb is derived from the Latin supplicare, “to kneel.” People often supplicate to God for help in the form of prayer, or supplicate to a judge for a lesser sentence. It is usually an earnest petition made to an authority figure and can be perfectly respectable or can be somewhat pitiful, like begging.

Definitions of supplicate
  1. verb
    ask for humbly or earnestly, as in prayer
    supplicate God's blessing”
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    type of:
    bespeak, call for, quest, request
    express the need or desire for; ask for
  2. verb
    make a humble, earnest petition
    supplicate for permission”
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    type of:
    petition
    write a petition for something to somebody; request formally and in writing
  3. verb
    ask humbly (for something)
    “He supplicated the King for clemency”
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    type of:
    beg, implore, pray
    call upon in supplication; entreat
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