Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of a suppliant; supplication.
  • noun The act of supplying or bestowing.
  • noun That which supplies a need or a desire; satisfaction; gratification.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun rare That which supplies a want; assistance; a gratification; satisfaction.
  • noun Supplication; entreaty.

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  • noun supplication; entreaty

Etymologies

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See suppliant.

Examples

  • Across the centuries, they have been stitched into our Britishness as the stuff of folklore, poetry, song – from Robert Herrick's account of Corinna going a-Maying to the belief that eating primroses would allow a person to see fairies, via Shakespeare's talk in Hamlet of "A violet in the youth of primy nature,/ Forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting,/ The perfume and suppliance of a minute."

    The power of spring flowers

  • Diamonds, king and priest of the age of gold, arbiter of splendour and luxury, would offer up a treasure such as princes before him had never dreamed of, offer it up not in suppliance, but in pride.

    Tales of the Jazz Age

  • Each page is studded with five stars, each as unique as the century-flower, and, like the night-blooming cereus, "the perfume and suppliance of a minute" -- _ipsa varietate variora_.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XVI., December, 1880.

  • Gerald Lawrence, on the other hand, had been downright antagonistic until he made the startling discovery that his supposed alibi was no alibi at all -- at which his attitude changed from open hostility to something closely akin to suppliance.

    Midnight

  • His wife had risen, and was clinging to his wrists, half for protection, half in suppliance.

    The Homesteaders A Novel of the Canadian West

  • Emperor of Diamonds, king and priest of the age of gold, arbiter of splendour and luxury, would offer up a treasure such as princes before him had never dreamed of, offer it up not in suppliance, but in pride.

    Tales of the Jazz Age

  • His verses, when we return to them again, seem to have the very "perfume and suppliance" of the

    Visions and Revisions A Book of Literary Devotions

  • Square, or Kensington Park, or the rosy campaniles of the Giudecca, or the minarets of Sacré-Coeur, or the roofs of Montmartre, or the herbaceous borders and shadowy terraces of English gardens, as its background, must flow and flow and flow, with its tender equivocations and its suppliance of wistful mystery, as long as men and women have any leisure to love or any intelligence to analyse their love!

    Suspended Judgments Essays on Books and Sensations

  • But my gaunt buttress still rejects the suppliance of those mellow fires.

    Georgian Poetry 1913-15

  • The beggar made his plea and, with a dirty palm outstretched, waited in patient suppliance.

    From Place to Place

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