(Roget's IV) n.
1. [An earnest request]
Syn. entreaty, request, intercession, thanksgiving, praise, petition; see also appeal 1 .
2. [An address to the deity]
Syn. orison, invocation, act of devotion, supplication, devotions, benediction, litany, rogation, brocho, berakah (Hebrew).
Prayers, sense 2, include: Lord's Prayer, Pater Noster, Our Father, Hail Mary, Doxology, the Jesus prayer, Trisagion, Glory Be, Ave Maria, grace at meals, Kiddush, Kaddish, shma Yisroel, amidah ( all Hebrew); matins, vespers, Angelus, Miserère, Kyrie eleison, Te Deum, collects, hours, rosary, novena, devotions, stations of the cross, evensong, compline.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
pleading, petition, appeal, supplication, imploring, entreaty, request, thanksgiving, grace, benediction, worship, litany, communion with God. ''A window to heaven.''—Israel Baal Shem Tob. ''A ladder on which thoughts mount to God.''—Abraham Heschel. ''A direct approach to the throbbing heart of the universe.''—Israel Bettan.
beads: rosary enemy, prayer calling for a calamity to befall
one’s: imprecation
evening: vesper
Islam call to adhan: azan
Islam prayer mat: seggadeh
Jewish mourning prayer: kaddish
Jewish ‘‘standing’’ prayer: amidah
knee, get down on one: genuflect
meal: grace
mosque’s prayer leader: imam
nine day: novena
saint’s prayer made on behalf of others: intercession
shawl, Jewish: tallith
sung or spoken supplications with congregational replies: litany
synagogue’s prayer leader: cantor
trust, to: amen
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. The act of praying: invocation, supplication. See RELIGION. 2. A formula of words used in praying: collect2, litany, orison, rogation (often used in plural). See RELIGION. 3. An earnest or urgent request: appeal, entreaty, imploration, plea, supplication. See ASK. 4. Law. An application to a higher authority, as for sanction or a decision: appeal, petition. See ASK, LAW.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun One who humbly entreats: beggar, suitor, suppliant, supplicant. See REQUEST.

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