prayer

A prayer is something you say to a god or deity. Your prayer can be silent words of thanks or a plea for help that's spoken out loud.

Most religious believers say a prayer from time to time. While some people might use prayer as part of their plan for recovering from an illness, others bend their heads in prayer whenever they attend church or temple services. You can also say a non-religious prayer, just an entreaty or request for help. Prayer, from the Old French prier, has a Latin root: precaria, "obtained by prayer or given as a favor."

Definitions of prayer
  1. noun
    reverent petition to a deity
    synonyms: orison, petition
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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
    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
    blessing, grace, thanksgiving
    a short prayer of thanks before a meal
    intercession
    a prayer to God on behalf of another person
    invocation, supplication
    a prayer asking God's help as part of a religious service
    requiescat
    a prayer for the repose of the soul of a dead person
    rosary
    a series of devotional prayers recited by Roman Catholics and often counted using a string of beads
    benison
    a spoken blessing
    rogation
    a solemn supplication ceremony prescribed by the church
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    asking, request
    the verbal act of requesting
  2. noun
    earnest or urgent request
    synonyms: appeal, entreaty
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    adjuration
    a solemn and earnest appeal to someone to do something
    demagoguery, demagogy
    impassioned appeals to the prejudices and emotions of the populace
    plea, supplication
    a humble request for help from someone in authority
    solicitation
    an entreaty addressed to someone of superior status
    suit
    a petition or appeal made to a person of superior status or rank
    courting, courtship, suit, wooing
    a man's courting of a woman; seeking the affections of a woman (usually with the hope of marriage)
    flag waving, jingoism
    an appeal intended to arouse patriotic emotions
    beggary, begging, mendicancy
    a solicitation for money or food (especially in the street by an apparently penniless person)
    touch
    the act of soliciting money (as a gift or loan)
    importunity, urgency, urging
    insistent solicitation and entreaty
    bundling
    a onetime custom during courtship of unmarried couples occupying the same bed without undressing
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    asking, request
    the verbal act of requesting
  3. noun
    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
    synonyms: supplication
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    devotion
    (usually plural) religious observance or prayers (usually spoken silently)
    benediction, blessing
    the act of praying for divine protection
    bhakti
    (Hinduism) loving devotion to a deity leading to salvation and nirvana; open to all persons independent of caste or sex
    novena
    a Roman Catholic devotion consisting of prayers on nine consecutive days
    Stations, Stations of the Cross
    (Roman Catholic Church) a devotion consisting of fourteen prayers said before a series of fourteen pictures or carvings representing successive incidents during Jesus' passage from Pilate's house to his crucifixion at Calvary
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    worship
    the activity of worshipping
  4. noun
    a fixed text used in praying
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    Angelus
    a prayer said 3 times a day by Roman Catholics in memory of the Annunciation
    Ave Maria
    a salutation to the Virgin Mary now used in prayers to her
    Canticle of Simeon
    the prayer of Simeon (Luke 2:29-32)
    Evening Prayer
    (Anglican Church) a daily evening service with prayers prescribed in the Book of Common Prayer
    Kol Nidre
    the opening prayer on the eve of Yom Kippur
    Litany
    a prayer consisting of a series of invocations by the priest with responses from the congregation
    Lord's Prayer
    the prayer that Christ gave his disciples in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:9-13)
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    Agnus Dei
    a liturgical prayer beginning with these Latin words
    Mass
    a sequence of prayers constituting the Christian Eucharistic rite
    Shema
    a liturgical prayer (considered to be the essence of Jewish religion) that is recited at least twice daily by adult Jewish males to declare their faith
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    religious text, religious writing, sacred text, sacred writing
    writing that is venerated for the worship of a deity
  5. noun
    someone who prays to God
    synonyms: supplicant
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    beadsman, bedesman
    a person who is paid to pray for the soul of another
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    religious person
    a person who manifests devotion to a deity
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