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

Definition of prayerful

Other Words from prayerful

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 Decisions on how to strike this balance vary from institution to institution and from faith to faith, and those decisions may change over time as a result of prayerful study. Thomas B. Griffith, WSJ, 30 Aug. 2022 For me, reciting the compunction statement became a prayerful reckoning with herself. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 4 June 2022 This time, his electric trumpet lines wove around Odom’s acoustic, prayerful alto sax playing: even more searching and heated. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 The ceramic medallion was created in 1787 by Josiah Wedgwood, who designed a cameo of a Black man, kneeling, his hands clasped in a prayerful, pleading pose. New York Times, 25 Mar. 2022 While many individuals commenting on the post offered prayerful words and support for the child, some questioned its authenticity. Ana Faguy, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2022 These elements suggest an act of prayerful voyeurism. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Mar. 2022 The bouts of rage from his father, Joseph, and the prayerful enabling of his mother, Katherine (Ayana George), assume their customary harrowing places in Michael’s story. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 4 Feb. 2022 See a beloved comedian and a prayerful pop star play together in a crass satire, and a rap star win our hearts in a holiday flick. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'prayerful.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of prayerful

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About prayerful

Time Traveler for prayerful

Time Traveler

The first known use of prayerful was in 1626

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near prayerful

prayer flag



See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for prayerful

Last Updated

10 Sep 2022

Cite this Entry

“Prayerful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!