prayer

6 ENTRIES FOUND:

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

2pray·er

noun \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

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Silent or spoken petition made to God or a god. Prayer has been practiced in all religions throughout history. Its characteristic postures (bowing the head, kneeling, prostration) and position of the hands (raised, outstretched, clasped) signify an attitude of submission and devotion. Prayer may involve confessions of sin, requests, thanks, praise, offerings of sacrifice, or promises of future acts of devotion. In addition to spontaneous private prayer, most religions have fixed formulas of prayer (e.g., the Lord's Prayer), often recited in group worship. The four prophetic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Zoroastrianism) prescribe a daily set form of individual prayer, such as the Shema, to be recited twice a day by every male Jew, and the Islamic salat, performed five times a day.

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