An orison is a prayer or plea to a deity. You might make an orison if you wanted your sick mom to get better.

Some words are considered archaic — meaning they are not in common modern use. Such a word is orison, which means a prayer. Today, you'd be surprised to see the word outside of a poem or some liturgical reference. This comes from a Latin word meaning to speak, and it means to speak to God. It's a poetic word Shakespeare used in Romeo and Juliet, when Juliet says, "I have need of many orisons" as she prepares to deceive her parents.

Definitions of orison

n reverent petition to a deity

petition, prayer
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prayer wheel
a cylinder with prayers written on it; each revolution counts as uttering the prayers; used especially by Buddhists in Tibet
benediction, blessing
a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection
a short prayer generally preceding the lesson in the Church of Rome or the Church of England
prayers proclaiming God's anger against sinners; read in the Church of England on Ash Wednesday
a prayer to avert or remove some evil or disaster
blessing, grace, thanksgiving
a short prayer of thanks before a meal
a prayer to God on behalf of another person
invocation, supplication
a prayer asking God's help as part of a religious service
a prayer for the repose of the soul of a dead person
a spoken blessing
a solemn supplication ceremony prescribed by the church
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asking, request
the verbal act of requesting

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