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Definitions of Prayer

  1. (noun) A request or wish made to a supernatural being or power.
  2. (noun) Communicating with supernatural beings or power.

Examples of Prayer

  • Definition 1:
    • A requiescat, a prayer for the soul of a dead person such as rest in peace (R.I.P.).
  • Definition 2:
    • Bhakti, a devotional prayer in Buddhism and Hinduism.

Prayer Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: prayer

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /prAIR/
  • British English – /prEUH/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈprɛ(ə)r/
  • British English – /ˈprɛː/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: prayers
  • A (noun) prayer (verb) prays a (noun) prayer.

Additional Information

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Works Consulted

Macmillan. (N.d.) Macmillan Dictionary. (https://www.macmillandictionary.com/).

Merriam-Webster. (N.d.) Merriam-Webster Dictionary. (http://www.merriam-webster.com/).

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Princeton University. 2010. WordNet. (https://wordnet.princeton.edu/).

Random House Webster’s College Dictionary. 1997. New York: Random House.

Tischler, Henry L. 2011. Introduction to Sociology. 10th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

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Cite the Definition of Prayer

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “prayer.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 27, 2022 (https://sociologydictionary.org/prayer/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

prayer. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/prayer/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “prayer.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 27, 2022. https://sociologydictionary.org/prayer/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“prayer.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 27 Sep. 2022. <https://sociologydictionary.org/prayer/>.