Prayer(; 277), n. [OE. preiere, OF. preiere, F. prire, fr. L. precarius obtained by prayer, fr. precari to pray. See Pray, v. i.] 1. The act of praying, or of asking a favor; earnest request or entreaty; hence, a petition or memorial addressed to a court or a legislative body. "Their meek preyere." Chaucer
2. The act of addressing supplication to a divinity, especially to the true God; the offering of adoration, confession, supplication, and thanksgiving to the Supreme Being; as, public
As he is famed for mildness, peace, and prayer.Shak.
3. The form of words used in praying; a formula of supplication; an expressed petition; especially, a supplication addressed to God; as, a written or extemporaneous
prayer; to repeat one's
He made those excellent prayers which were published immediately after his death.Bp. Fell.
Prayer book, a book containing devotional prayers. --
Prayer meeting, a meeting or gathering for prayer to God.
Syn. -- Petition; orison; supplication; entreaty; suit.
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