prayer·​ful ˈprer-fəl How to pronounce prayerful (audio)
prayerfully adverb
prayerfulness noun

Examples of prayerful in a Sentence

They gave their prayerful support to the victims of the tragedy. impressed by such prayerful petitioners, the governor promised that he'd see what he could do
Recent Examples on the Web As the beat ascends, Eazi sings the title phrase with prayerful gravitas. Jon Dolan, Rolling Stone, 26 Oct. 2023 Mackenzie began to confide in Kate about her dad’s illness, starting a chain reaction that would result in USC coaches’ wives Caitlin Riley, Shauna Henson, Becky Grinch and Mackenzie Odom sending food deliveries and prayerful messages. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2023 From the outset, Zhang projected a vibrant presence from the podium, choosing flexible tempos and projecting a strong sense of the music’s character, including the searching tenderness of Copland’s prayerful writing for woodwinds. Jeremy Eichler,, 24 July 2023 In Phoenix, organizers from the Poor People's Campaign, which has long supported Apache Stronghold's efforts, joined Brophy College Preparatory students, veterans and social justice activists at Steele Indian School Park just after sunrise Thursday for a prayerful sendoff. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, 21 Feb. 2022 Is the industry’s large-scale move over the last two decades toward Hillsong-style worship music — i.e., prayerful songs directed at God, not conversational music from human to human — a confirmation that Christian musicians had finally refound their footing after chasing pop trends for too long? Chris Willman, Variety, 6 Oct. 2021 The decision to explore a potential sale of artwork was made after extensive and prayerful consideration, with the goal to have access to the proceeds quickly, to meet an urgent need. Amy Lavalley, Chicago Tribune, 25 Feb. 2023 And gay men and women within the church and without it are caught in the vortex, tortured by it, prayerful sons and daughters and moms and dads and brothers and sisters, who are burdened believers, some of whom cannot carry the load. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Aug. 2021 His words grew prayerful. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, 13 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of prayerful was in 1626

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“Prayerful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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prayer·​ful ˈpra(ə)r-fəl How to pronounce prayerful (audio)
: given to or marked by prayer : devout
prayerfully adverb
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