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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.


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


Broader (hypernym)religious person

Narrower (hyponym)beadsman, bedesman

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