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
  1. noun
    reverent petition to a deity
    synonyms: 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 series of devotional prayers recited by Roman Catholics and often counted using a string of beads
    a spoken blessing
    a solemn supplication ceremony prescribed by the church
    type of:
    asking, request
    the verbal act of requesting
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