prayer·​ful | \ ˈprer-fəl How to pronounce prayerful (audio) \

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prayerfully \ ˈprer-​fə-​lē How to pronounce prayerful (audio) \ 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 Remember the subway knitters in the months after the Sept. 11 attacks, head down, stitching as if in prayerful meditation? New York Times, 13 May 2021 This lifelong devaluation requires us to be resilient, prayerful and strong, while at the same time weathering our bodies and harming our mental health. Essence, 15 Apr. 2021 Ogden Valley may be gone — the building razed and the surviving monks living out their days in a Salt Lake City senior center — but its spirit remains rooted in ground where the prayerful priests carved out an agricultural stronghold. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Apr. 2021 Traditional anthems and prayerful invocations were the order of the hour. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 20 Jan. 2021 Others have adopted a more reflective tone in their reactions, such as Pope Francis, who offered a prayerful message on Sunday afternoon. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, 11 Jan. 2021 For generations before European settlers showed up on American shores, Indigenous people in the area of Plymouth Rock had held autumn gatherings where tribes shared prayerful, celebratory meals. Susan Dunne,, 26 Nov. 2020 At various moments, Luhrmann likens the way her congregants view this aptitude for prayerful communication to wine tasting, being a sonogram technician, playing tennis. James Wood, The New Yorker, 2 Nov. 2020 In their 2019 statement, the bishops note that all of these issues are complicated, interrelated and require serious reflection, a prayerful approach, a discerning attitude and an action response. Ivo Spalatin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of prayerful

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Prayerful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of prayerful

: tending to pray often
: involving prayer


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