1. (noun) A request or wish made to a supernatural being or power.
Example: A requiescat, a prayer for the soul of a dead person such as rest in peace (R.I.P.).
2. (noun) The act or practice of communicating with supernatural beings or power.
Example: Bhakti, a devotional prayer in Buddhism and Hinduism.
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- Plural: prayers
- A (noun) prayer (verb) prays a (noun) prayer.
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How to Cite the Definition of Prayer
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “prayer.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 14, 2018 (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 December 14, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/prayer/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“prayer.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 14 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/prayer/>.