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[prair-fuh l] /ˈprɛər fəl/
given to, characterized by, or expressive of prayer; devout.
Origin of prayerful
First recorded in 1620-30; prayer1 + -ful
Related forms
prayerfully, adverb
prayerfulness, noun
unprayerful, adjective
unprayerfully, adverb
unprayerfulness, noun
pious, godly, reverent. Unabridged
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  • Turning back he sought the prayerful mother and learned from her the circumstances of the family.

  • Again Albine whispered in an ardent, prayerful voice: 'Do you love me?

  • You should have been my mistress and the prayerful saint by turns.

    A Second Home Honore de Balzac
  • I have written with prayerful longing because I know the lumberjacks.

    The Lumberjack Sky Pilot Thomas D. Whittles
  • Whitefield's prayerful anticipations respecting William Delamotte were scarcely realized.

  • I fed my crew better'n prayerful Jones does, an' I tell him so every day.

    Isle o' Dreams Frederick F. Moore
  • Esmeralda never felt so serious, so prayerful, so little satisfied with herself, as when she sat alone with her baby in her arms.

    More about Pixie Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • Give the circumstances of Joseph Smith's prayerful search for truth.

    The Articles of Faith James E. Talmage
British Dictionary definitions for prayerful


inclined to or characterized by prayer
Derived Forms
prayerfully, adverb
prayerfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for prayerful

1620s, from prayer + -ful. Related: Prayerfully; prayerfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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