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orison

[awr-uh-zuh n, or-] /ˈɔr ə zən, ˈɒr-/
noun
1.
a prayer.
Origin
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English < Old French < Late Latin ōrātiōn- (stem of ōrātiō) plea, prayer, oration
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orison

/ˈɒrɪzən/
noun
1.
(literary) another word for prayer1
Word Origin
C12: from Old French oreison, from Late Latin ōrātiō, from Latin: speech, from ōrāre to speak
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Word Origin and History for orison
n.

late 12c., from Anglo-French oreison, Old French oreisun (12c., Modern French oraison) "oration," from Latin orationem (nominative oratio) "speech, oration," in Church Latin "prayer, appeal to God," noun of action from orare (see orator). Etymologically, a doublet of oration.

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