One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A place of prayer; an oratory; specifically a place set apart for Jewish worship, usually unroofed and of simple design.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Lodge (1558–1625), author and physician. From classical Latin proseucha Jewish meeting-place for prayer (Juvenal) and its etymon Hellenistic Greek προσευχή prayer, place of prayer, synagogue from ancient Greek προσεύχεσθαι to offer prayers from πρός toward + εὔχεσθαι to pray.
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