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or·i·son(ôr′ĭ-sən, -zən, ŏr′-)
[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]
a person who prays.
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|Noun||1.||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
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
requiescat - a prayer for the repose of the soul of a dead person