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English noun: prayer

1. prayer (act) the act of communicating with a deity (especially as a petition or in adoration or contrition or thanksgiving)


SamplesThe priest sank to his knees in prayer.


Synonymssupplication


Broader (hypernym)worship


Narrower (hyponym)benediction, blessing, devotion

2. prayer (communication) reverent petition to a deity


Synonymsorison, petition


Broader (hypernym)asking, request


Narrower (hyponym)benediction, blessing, blessing, collect, commination, deprecation, grace, intercession, invocation, prayer wheel, requiescat, supplication, thanksgiving

3. prayer (communication) earnest or urgent request


SamplesAn entreaty to stop the fighting.
An appeal for help.
An appeal to the public to keep calm.


Synonymsappeal, entreaty


Broader (hypernym)asking, request


Narrower (hyponym)adjuration, courting, courtship, demagoguery, demagogy, plea, solicitation, suit, suit, supplication, wooing

4. prayer (communication) a fixed text used in praying


Broader (hypernym)religious text, religious writing, sacred text, sacred writing


Narrower (hyponym)Agnus Dei, Mass, Shema


Instance hyponymAngelus, Ave Maria, Canticle of Simeon, Evening Prayer, evensong, Hail Mary, Kol Nidre, Litany, Lord's Prayer, Nunc dimittis

5. prayer (person) someone who prays to God


Synonymssupplicant


Broader (hypernym)religious person


Narrower (hyponym)beadsman, bedesman









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