Supplicant

Supplicant

:"This page is about candidates for degrees and humble petitioners; for information on the computing term see Supplicant (computer).

A Supplicant, one who supplicates, is a term applied to humble petitioners, and in particular to University of Oxford students who have qualified but not yet been admitted into their degree.

At both Oxford and Cambridge, students are presented during the degree ceremony with a form of words that begins with the Latin verb "supplicant". The Cambridge text is:

:"Supplicant reverentiis vestris viri mulieresque quorum nomina juxta senaculum in porticu proposuit hodie Registrarius nec delevit Procancellarius ut gradum quisque quem rite petivit assequantur."

:"Those men and women whose names the Registrary has today posted in the arcade beside the Senate-House and which the Vice-Chancellor has not deleted beg your reverences that they may proceed to the degree for which each has properly applied."

However, these students are referred to as graduands at Cambridge and most universities other than Oxford. There is certainly a need for such a word to describe qualified graduates and it seems possible that U.S. sources provided or resurrected "graduand" into current usage. The current online edition of the Oxford English Dictionary lists graduand citing usage from 1882 and 1890 and etymological roots of the gerundive of the medieval Latin "graduare" "to graduate".


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  • Supplicant — Sup pli*cant, n. One who supplicates; a suppliant. [1913 Webster] The wise supplicant . . . left the event to God. Rogers. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Supplicant — Sup pli*cant, a. [L. supplicans, p. pr. See {Supplicate}, and cf. {Suppliant}.] Entreating; asking submissively. Shak. {Sup pli*cant*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • supplicant — index petitioner, suitor Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • supplicant — 1590s, from L. supplicantem (nom. supplicans), prp. of supplicare plead humbly (see SUPPLICATION (Cf. supplication)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • supplicant — [sup′lə kənt] adj. that supplicates; supplicating n. a person who supplicates; suppliant …   English World dictionary

  • supplicant — [[t]sʌ̱plɪkənt[/t]] supplicants N COUNT A supplicant is a person who prays to God or respectfully asks an important person to help them or to give them something that they want very much. [FORMAL] He flung himself down in the flat submissive… …   English dictionary

  • supplicant — UK [ˈsʌplɪkənt] / US noun [countable] Word forms supplicant : singular supplicant plural supplicants literary someone who requests something from someone powerful or from God …   English dictionary

  • supplicant — /sup li keuhnt/, adj. 1. supplicating. n. 2. a suppliant. [1590 1600; < L supplicant (s. of supplicans), prp. of supplicare to SUPPLICATE; see ANT; doublet of SUPPLIANT] * * * …   Universalium

  • supplicant — supplicate ► VERB ▪ ask or beg for something earnestly or humbly. DERIVATIVES supplicant adjective & noun supplication noun supplicatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin supplicare implore …   English terms dictionary

  • Supplicant (computer) — The term supplicant is used in the IEEE 802.1X standard, where the supplicant is an entity at one end of a point to point LAN segment that seeks to be authenticated by an authenticator attached to the other end of that link. In practice, a… …   Wikipedia

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