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1prayer

noun, often attributive \ˈprer\

Definition of PRAYER

1
a (1) :  an address (as a petition) to God or a god in word or thought <said a prayer for the success of the voyage> (2) :  a set order of words used in praying
b :  an earnest request or wish
2
:  the act or practice of praying to God or a god <kneeling in prayer>
3
:  a religious service consisting chiefly of prayers —often used in plural
4
:  something prayed for
5
:  a slight chance <haven't got a prayer>

Origin of PRAYER

Middle English, from Anglo-French priere, praiere, preiere, from Medieval Latin precaria, from Latin, feminine of precarius obtained by entreaty, from prec-, prex
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary

2prayer

noun pray·er \ˈprā-ər, ˈprer\

Definition of PRAYER

:  one that prays :  supplicant

Origin of PRAYER

Middle English prayere, from prayen to pray + 2-er
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary
PRAYER Defined for Kids

prayer

noun \ˈprer\

Definition of PRAYER for Kids

1
:  words spoken to God <a prayer for peace>
2
:  the act of praying to God <We knelt in prayer.>
3
:  a strong hope or wish <It's our prayer that you will return safely.>
4
:  a set form of words used in praying
5
:  a religious service that is mostly prayers <evening prayer>
July 04, 2015
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