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 Supper of Trimalchio (A).Sure as Demoivre. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
This word has greatly changed its original meaning. The Romans used it for a thanksgiving after a signal victory (Livy, iii. 63). (“His rebus gestis, supplicatio a senatu decreta est” [Cœ: Bell. Gall., ii.].) The word means the act of folding the knees (sub-plico). We now use the word for begging or entreating something.   1

 Supper of Trimalchio (A).Sure as Demoivre. 


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