[awr-uh-zuh n, or-]
- a prayer.
Origin of orison
1125–75; Middle English < Old French < Late Latin ōrātiōn- (stem of ōrātiō) plea, prayer, oration
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Examples from the Web for orison
When, if not now, 59shall we set about the orison of the peplus100 and chaplets?
Fauchelevent thought that it was an orison which she was finishing.Les Misrables
That mighty pause before the class,—that orison and benediction—how much of my life it has been and made.Darkwater
W. E. B. Du Bois
It was, however, the best I could hit upon, and I directed my steps towards the Farnham orison.
It was the orison of Margaret Binkie as she descended to the breakfast-room.
- literary another word for prayer 1
C12: from Old French oreison, from Late Latin ōrātiō, from Latin: speech, from ōrāre to speak
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Word Origin and History for orison
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