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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Definitions for orison

  1. A prayer.

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Citations for orison
Federigo, disappointed of the supper that he was to have had with her, and apprehending the words of the orison aright, hied him to the garden, and having found the two capons and the wine and the eggs at the foot of the peach-tree, took them home with him, and supped very comfortably. Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron
The orison that passed her rosy lips was for my present and eternal happiness; and so innocently but ardently was the petition offered up, that I knelt beside her and united my prayer to hers. William Hamilton Maxwell, The bivouac: Volume 2
Origin of orison
1125-1175
Orison derives from the Late Latin oratio-, a conjugation of the Latin "plea, oration."
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