- a devout petition to God or an object of worship.
- a spiritual communion with God or an object of worship, as in supplication, thanksgiving, adoration, or confession.
- the act or practice of praying to God or an object of worship.
- a formula or sequence of words used in or appointed for praying: the Lord's Prayer.
- prayers, a religious observance, either public or private, consisting wholly or mainly of prayer.
- that which is prayed for.
- a petition; entreaty.
- the section of a bill in equity, or of a petition, that sets forth the complaint or the action desired.
- a negligible hope or chance: Do you think he has a prayer of getting that job?
Origin of prayer1
- a person who prays.
Origin of prayer2
Related Wordsinvocation, service, appeal, worship, plea, rogation, communion, request, begging, litany, orison, application, supplication, entreaty, petition, pleading, suit, benediction, grace, devotion
Examples from the Web for prayer
Before I go out on tour, I ask for prayer and to help my family.Down With the King: Christianity Isn’t Hiding in Rap’s Closet
December 28, 2014
After the Thursday prayer, the crowd of Congressional staff and lawmakers posed in the iconic, "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" pose.Capitol Hill's Black Staffers Walk Out to Say ‘Hands Up, Don't Shoot!’
December 11, 2014
At the end of his prayer, the grand mufti whispered aloud: “May God accept it.”Does Pope Francis Believe Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?
December 7, 2014
Highway safety flares provided light as the clans joined by loss sought solace in prayer and song.The Cleveland Cops Who Fired 137 Shots and Cried Victim
December 2, 2014
You are also not allowed to film or photograph a royal ‘at prayer’.Media, Dress Smart For Kate
November 20, 2014
"That contains the spirit of all prayer," said the old philosopher.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
The prayer concluded, Mr Clayton coldly requested me to retire.
The hymn, the portion of Scripture, and the prayer of Brother Buster.
It must have been written for the occasion, for the sentiment of it was in accordance with the prayer.
It was caused by the fall of Dr. Benson In the pew while kneeling in prayer.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
- a personal communication or petition addressed to a deity, esp in the form of supplication, adoration, praise, contrition, or thanksgiving
- any other form of spiritual communion with a deity
- a similar personal communication that does not involve adoration, addressed to beings venerated as being closely associated with a deity, such as angels or saints
- the practice of prayingprayer is our solution to human problems
- (often plural) a form of devotion, either public or private, spent mainly or wholly prayingmorning prayers
- (capital when part of a recognized name) a form of words used in prayingthe Lord's Prayer
- an object or benefit prayed for
- an earnest request, petition, or entreaty
- law a request contained in a petition to a court for the relief sought by the petitioner
- slang a chance or hopeshe doesn't have a prayer of getting married
- a person who prays
Word Origin and History for prayer
c.1300, from Old French prier "prayer, petition, request" (12c., Modern French prière), from Medieval Latin precaria "petition, prayer," noun use of Latin adjective precaria, fem. of precarius "obtained by prayer, given as a favor," from precari "to ask, beg, pray" (see pray). Related: Prayers.
Prayer-book attested from 1590s; prayer-meeting from 1780. To not have a prayer "have no chance" is from 1941.