Definition of orison in US English:



  • A prayer.

    • ‘For in his morning orisons he loves the sun and the sun loves him.’
    • ‘Moreover, though he never ‘positively’ practised such prayer, Browne adds that he could ‘scarce contain my prayers for a friend at the ringing of a bell,’ or even ‘behold a corpse without an orison for his soul.’’
    • ‘The orisons of fury will be sung… with a new found desperation Zaile sprinted into the dark.’
    • ‘Among these elements were the language of sacrifice, the vesture of Aaronic priests, clouds of incense rising like orisons to the throne, and the prayer of worship chanted by priests and people alike.’
    • ‘Nymph, in thy orisons be all my sins remember'd.’
    entreaty, plea, appeal, petition, solicitation, exhortation, urge, prayer, invocation, suit, request, application
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Middle English: from Old French oreison, from Latin oratio(n-) ‘speech’ (see oration).