Supplicant

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A Supplicant, one who supplicates, is a term to 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.

Within BDSM, supplicant is often used to a refer to a submissive applicant, hoping to enter the service of a particular dominant or household.

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