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PRAYER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does prayer mean? 

PRAYER (noun)
  The noun PRAYER has 5 senses:

1. the act of communicating with a deity (especially as a petition or in adoration or contrition or thanksgiving)
2. reverent petition to a deity
3. earnest or urgent request
4. a fixed text used in praying
5. someone who prays to God

  Familiarity information: PRAYER used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


PRAYER (noun)


Sense 1prayer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of communicating with a deity (especially as a petition or in adoration or contrition or thanksgiving)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

prayer; supplication

Context example:

the priest sank to his knees in prayer

Hypernyms ("prayer" is a kind of...):

worship (the activity of worshipping)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "prayer"):

devotion ((usually plural) religious observance or prayers (usually spoken silently))

benediction; blessing (the act of praying for divine protection)


Sense 2prayer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reverent petition to a deity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

orison; petition; prayer

Hypernyms ("prayer" is a kind of...):

asking; request (the verbal act of requesting)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "prayer"):

requiescat (a prayer for the repose of the soul of a dead person)

invocation; supplication (a prayer asking God's help as part of a religious service)

intercession (a prayer to God on behalf of another person)

blessing; grace; thanksgiving (a short prayer of thanks before a meal)

deprecation (a prayer to avert or remove some evil or disaster)

commination (prayers proclaiming God's anger against sinners; read in the Church of England on Ash Wednesday)

collect (a short prayer generally preceding the lesson in the Church of Rome or the Church of England)

benediction; blessing (a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection)

prayer wheel (a cylinder with prayers written on it; each revolution counts as uttering the prayers; used especially by Buddhists in Tibet)


Sense 3prayer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Earnest or urgent request

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

appeal; entreaty; prayer

Context examples:

an entreaty to stop the fighting / an appeal for help / an appeal to the public to keep calm

Hypernyms ("prayer" is a kind of...):

asking; request (the verbal act of requesting)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "prayer"):

courting; courtship; suit; wooing (a man's courting of a woman; seeking the affections of a woman (usually with the hope of marriage))

suit (a petition or appeal made to a person of superior status or rank)

solicitation (an entreaty addressed to someone of superior status)

plea; supplication (a humble request for help from someone in authority)

demagoguery; demagogy (impassioned appeals to the prejudices and emotions of the populace)

adjuration (a solemn and earnest appeal to someone to do something)


Sense 4prayer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A fixed text used in praying

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("prayer" is a kind of...):

religious text; religious writing; sacred text; sacred writing (writing that is venerated for the worship of a deity)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "prayer"):

Agnus Dei (a liturgical prayer beginning with these Latin words)

Shema (a liturgical prayer (considered to be the essence of Jewish religion) that is recited at least twice daily by adult Jewish males to declare their faith)

Mass (a sequence of prayers constituting the Christian Eucharistic rite)

Instance hyponyms:

Lord's Prayer (the prayer that Christ gave his disciples in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:9-13))

Litany (a prayer consisting of a series of invocations by the priest with responses from the congregation)

Kol Nidre (the opening prayer on the eve of Yom Kippur)

Evening Prayer; evensong ((Anglican Church) a daily evening service with prayers prescribed in the Book of Common Prayer)

Canticle of Simeon; Nunc dimittis (the prayer of Simeon (Luke 2:29-32))

Ave Maria; Hail Mary (a salutation to the Virgin Mary now used in prayers to her)

Angelus (a prayer said 3 times a day by Roman Catholics in memory of the Annunciation)


Sense 5prayer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Someone who prays to God

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

supplicant; prayer

Hypernyms ("prayer" is a kind of...):

religious person (a person who manifests devotion to a deity)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "prayer"):

beadsman; bedesman (a person who is paid to pray for the soul of another)


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