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 (ôr′ĭ-sən, -zən, ŏr′-)
A prayer.

[Middle English orisoun, from Old French orison, from Late Latin ōrātiō, ōrātiōn-; see oration.]


literary another word for prayer1
[C12: from Old French oreison, from Late Latin ōrātiō, from Latin: speech, from ōrāre to speak]



1. a devout petition to God or an object of worship.
2. a spiritual communion with God or an object of worship, as in supplication, thanksgiving, or adoration.
3. the act or practice of praying to God or an object of worship.
4. a formula or sequence of words used in praying: the Lord's Prayer.
5. prayers, a religious observance consisting mainly of prayer.
6. something prayed for.
7. a petition; entreaty.
8. a negligible hope or chance: We don't have a prayer of winning.
[1250–1300; Middle English preiere < Old French < Medieval Latin precāria, n. use of feminine of Latin precārius given as a favor =prec- (s. of prex) prayer + -ārius -ary; compare precarious]


(ˈpreɪ ər)

a person who prays.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.orison - reverent petition to a deity
prayer wheel - a cylinder with prayers written on it; each revolution counts as uttering the prayers; used especially by Buddhists in Tibet
asking, request - the verbal act of requesting
benediction, blessing - a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection
collect - a short prayer generally preceding the lesson in the Church of Rome or the Church of England
commination - prayers proclaiming God's anger against sinners; read in the Church of England on Ash Wednesday
deprecation - a prayer to avert or remove some evil or disaster
thanksgiving, blessing, grace - a short prayer of thanks before a meal; "their youngest son said grace"
intercession - a prayer to God on behalf of another person
invocation, supplication - a prayer asking God's help as part of a religious service
requiescat - a prayer for the repose of the soul of a dead person


A formula of words used in praying:
collect, litany, prayer, rogation (often used in plural).
References in classic literature ?
Jehan go every evening to chapel, and sing there an anthem with verse and orison to Madame the glorious Virgin Mary.
A more elastic footstep entered next; and now I opened my mouth for a 'good-morning,' but closed it again, the salutation unachieved; for Hareton Earnshaw was performing his orison SOTTO VOCE, in a series of curses directed against every object he touched, while he rummaged a corner for a spade or shovel to dig through the drifts.
It was far down the afternoon; and when all the spearings of the crimson fight were done: and floating in the lovely sunset sea and sky, sun and whale both stilly died together; then, such a sweetness and such plaintiveness, such inwreathing orisons curled up in that rosy air, that it almost seemed as if far over from the deep green convent valleys of the Manilla isles, the Spanish land-breeze, wantonly turned sailor, had gone to sea, freighted with these vesper hymns.
With a bow to the Abbot, which had in it perhaps more pleasantry than reverence, the novice strode across to the carved prie-dieu which had been set apart for him, and stood silent and erect with his hand upon the gold bell which was used in the private orisons of the Abbot's own household.
But first from under shadie arborous roof, Soon as they forth were come to open sight Of day-spring, and the Sun, who scarce up risen With wheels yet hov'ring o're the Ocean brim, Shot paralel to the earth his dewie ray, Discovering in wide Lantskip all the East Of Paradise and EDENS happie Plains, Lowly they bow'd adoring, and began Thir Orisons, each Morning duly paid In various style, for neither various style Nor holy rapture wanted they to praise Thir Maker, in fit strains pronounc't or sung Unmeditated, such prompt eloquence Flowd from thir lips, in Prose or numerous Verse, More tuneable then needed Lute or Harp To add more sweetness, and they thus began.
Edward puts up his orisons accordingly, and by the guidance, doubtless, of the good Saint, reaches a small path, conducting him to a chapel in the forest, having a hermit's cell in its close vicinity.
Orison Amu, Country Manager of African Development Bank, Rural Women, Marker Women Association, Women of Africa, African Women's Development Fund, and the National Civil Society Organizations commended President Sirleaf for the promotion of women of Africa and the sustained peace in Liberia noting they were pleased to collaborate with such an effort.
Looking in turn at various verses--not in order--he discusses from cult to polemic, from wisdom to hymn, language and identity, from nature to history, and an orison of incompatibility.
Jessie van Eerden; THE LONG WEEPING; Orison Books (Nonfiction: Essays) 18.
Information was provided by the organizations orison their web sites.
As Orison Swett Marden, editor of Success magazine, lists the great men who failed early on because they landed temporarily in "misfit occupations" (Galileo as a physician, Milton as a teacher, and Dickens as an actor), he speculates that "when misfortunes happen .
Wormley, "There are canons of the Court of equity which have their foundation not in the actual commission of fraud, but in that hallowed orison, 'lead us not into temptation.