intercession

Intercession is prayer or petition in favor of someone else. When you started wearing a cap of the rival baseball team, your baseball-mad family made an intercession to the gods to save your soul.

An intercession happens when you intercede in something, or act as a mediator or go-between to help solve a problem. Sometimes nations make intercessions in the internal affairs of other nations, if something brutal is happening. In that case, the intercession might involve sending troops, but often intercessions are verbal. If your friend is in trouble, you might make an intercession to try to get her out of trouble, especially if she's not good at explaining herself.

Definitions of intercession
  1. noun
    the act of intervening (as to mediate a dispute, etc.)
    synonyms: intervention
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    types:
    intermediation, mediation
    the act of intervening for the purpose of bringing about a settlement
    matchmaking
    mediation in order to bring about a marriage between others
    type of:
    engagement, involution, involvement, participation
    the act of sharing in the activities of a group
  2. noun
    a prayer to God on behalf of another person
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    type of:
    orison, petition, prayer
    reverent petition to a deity
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