Definitions for: Prayer


[n] the act of communicating with a deity (especially as a petition or in adoration or contrition or thanksgiving); "the priest sank to his knees in prayer"
[n] a fixed text used in praying
[n] earnest or urgent request; "an entreaty to stop the fighting"; "an appeal for help"; "an appeal to the public to keep calm"
[n] reverent petition to a deity
[n] someone who prays to God



Webster (1913) Definition: Pray"er, n.
One who prays; a supplicant.


Prayer (?; 277), n. [OE. preiere, OF. preiere, F.
pri[`e]re, fr. L. precarius obtained by prayer, fr. precari
to pray. See Pray, v. i.]
1. The act of praying, or of asking a favor; earnest request
or entreaty; hence, a petition or memorial addressed to a
court or a legislative body. ``Their meek preyere.''
--Chaucer

2. The act of addressing supplication to a divinity,
especially to the true God; the offering of adoration,
confession, supplication, and thanksgiving to the Supreme
Being; as, public prayer; secret prayer.

As he is famed for mildness, peace, and prayer.
--Shak.

3. The form of words used in praying; a formula of
supplication; an expressed petition; especially, a
supplication addressed to God; as, a written or
extemporaneous prayer; to repeat one's prayers.

He made those excellent prayers which were published
immediately after his death. --Bp. Fell.

Prayer book, a book containing devotional prayers.

Prayer meeting, a meeting or gathering for prayer to God.

Syn: Petition; orison; supplication; entreaty; suit.

Synonyms: appeal, entreaty, orison, petition, supplicant, supplication

See Also: adjuration, Agnus Dei, Angelus, asking, Ave Maria, beadsman, bedesman, benediction, benediction, blessing, blessing, Canticle of Simeon, collect, commination, courting, courtship, demagoguery, demagogy, deprecation, devotion, Evening Prayer, evensong, grace, Hail Mary, intercession, invocation, Kol Nidre, Litany, Lord's Prayer, Mass, Nunc dimittis, plea, religionist, religious person, religious text, religious writing, request, requiescat, sacred text, sacred writing, solicitation, suit, supplication, thanksgiving, wooing, worship

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