precation

A prayer or act of praying; an earnest request.

The Litany . . . was ordered to be sung immediately before High Mass, by the priests "with others of the choir". . . . and this solemn form of precation, like so many other things, assumed the livery of uniformity.


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  • Precation — Pre*ca tion, n. [L. precatio.] The act of praying; supplication; entreaty. Cotton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • précation — [pʀekɑsjɔ̃] n. f. ÉTYM. 1869, Littré; « prière », v. 1500; lat. precatio, du supin de precari « prier, supplier ». → Prier; imprécation. ❖ ♦ Didact. Figure de rhétorique par laquelle on s adresse à Dieu, par une prière …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • précation — (pré ka sion) s. f. Sorte de figure de rhétorique par laquelle on demande quelque chose au ciel. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Lat. precationem, de precari, prier (voyez PRIER) …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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  • prayer — noun /pɹɛə(ɹ),pɹɛɹ,ˈpɹeɪə(ɹ),ˈpɹeɪəɹ/ a) A practice of communicating with ones God. Through prayer I ask for Gods blessings. b) The act of praying. In many cultures, prayer involves singing. Syn: orison, precation …   Wiktionary

  • precative — adjective Resembling or pertaining to an entreaty. Syn: precatory See Also: precation …   Wiktionary

  • deprecation — noun /ˌdɛpɹɪˈkeɪʃən/ a) The act of deprecating. b) A praying against evil; prayer that an evil may be removed or prevented; strong expression of disapprobation. See Also: imprecation, precation …   Wiktionary

  • imprecation — noun /ˌɪm.pɹɪˈkeɪ.ʃən,ˌɪm.pɹəˈkeɪ.ʃən/ a) The act of imprecating, or invoking evil upon someone; a prayer that a curse or calamity may befall someone. Her son turned to look at her as she reeled and swayed in the middle of the room, her fierce… …   Wiktionary

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