[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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Word Origin for orison

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

late 12c., from Anglo-French oreison, Old French oreisun (12c., Modern French oraison) "oration," from Latin orationem (nominative oratio) "speech, oration," in Church Latin "prayer, appeal to God," noun of action from orare (see orator). Etymologically, a doublet of oration.

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