Origin of prayer1
Definition for prayer (2 of 2)
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|Stereo Williams|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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!’|Tim Mak|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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?|Jay Parini|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Daly|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You are also not allowed to film or photograph a royal ‘at prayer’.
The Bishop did not understand Latin so offered up a prayer for he and she mules.The Rise of the Mediaeval Church|Alexander Clarence Flick
Give ear unto my prayer, which proceedeth not from deceitful lips.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
They estimate the efficacy of prayer by its quantity and not by its quality.Wit and Humor of the Bible|Marion D. Shutter
The cloud of blessing floats over our heads, but we fail to stretch forth the electric rod of prayer to fetch it down!The Hart and the Water-Brooks;|John R. Macduff
It purifies them, it gives intelligence to the hand, it disposes the heart to prayer.Delsarte System of Oratory|Various
British Dictionary definitions for prayer (1 of 2)
- 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
Word Origin for prayer
British Dictionary definitions for prayer (2 of 2)
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.