Imagine this scenario:
Someone claims to have been blessed with unspecified special powers by
God or something similar (a self-proclaimed prophet, a fortune-teller,
a psychic) . A row of people forms before their door who believe that
person might help them. What do you call these people?
The word beggar, due to its connotations, seems unsuitable
in this case as it wouldn’t properly describe those who seeks
more spiritual help, or people who just want a consultation,
or those who are willing to pay for the service.
The terms help-seeker or person-in-need both seem too clumsy to me.
There is a single-word term in my language derived from the verb
prosit which is used for all actions where the word “, please”
is expressed or implied. Depending on the circumstance it could
be translated as to beg, to ask for something, or to implore.
No matter how I approach it I’m failing to strike the right chord
Defined by Oxford as:
A person making a humble or earnest plea to someone in power or authority.
‘we are equals and not supplicants begging for work’
‘supplicants prostrate themselves on the floor’