• WordNet 3.6
    • n orison reverent petition to a deity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Orison A prayer; a supplication. "Lowly they bowed, adoring, and began
      Their orisons , each morning duly paid."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n orison A prayer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Orison or′i-zun a prayer.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. orison, oreson, oreison, F. oraison, fr. L. oratio, speech, prayer. See Oration
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. orison (Fr. oraison)—L. oratio, -ōnisorāre, to pray.


In literature:

Though the Robin is the principal musician in the general orison of dawn, his notes would become tiresome, if heard without accompaniments.
"The Atlantic Monthly , Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858" by Various
The feelings with which I made my mast-head orisons are gone and for ever.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
Down on our knees we went and began our orisons.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
Here, amid the cool stillness, the running water murmurs its unceasing orison.
"The Choice of Life" by Georgette Leblanc
In another moment she was kneeling in front of the altar, repeating her orisons and telling over the beads of her rosary.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
St. Giles's was just beginning his orisons.
"Sinks of London Laid Open" by Unknown
Several country people had entered, and were engaged in offering up their orisons at the various altars.
"Fair Italy, the Riviera and Monte Carlo" by W. Cope Devereux
My midnight orisons said o'er, I'll turn to rest, and dream no more.
"Lady of the Lake" by Sir Walter Scott
I shall carry your best wishes, and grateful mention of my poor labours, with me to my orisons.
"Bibliomania; or Book-Madness" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
An interesting story is told by Orison Swett Marden.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
That vow was his orison.
"The Destroyer" by Burton Egbert Stevenson
Stay you close to me, lad, and forget not your orisons.
"The Flute of the Gods" by Marah Ellis Ryan
I see that your wife, piously absorbed in her orisons, forgets the creature for the Creator.
"The Iron Pincers" by Eugène Sue
It was the orison of Margaret Binkie as she descended to the breakfast-room.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 383, September 1847" by Various
Every soul seemed to commune with the spirits of another world as by vesper orisons.
"Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution" by L. Carroll Judson
Do you think you could sleep during that morning orison?
"The Ship Dwellers" by Albert Bigelow Paine
Her orisons ended, she went forth in search of food and lodging.
"Joan of Arc" by Lucy Foster Madison
Is the Lord's Prayer to be regarded as an Anglican or Nonconformist orison?
"The Lighter Side of School Life" by Ian Hay
The prayers and orisons, however, cannot be said to have proved of much avail.
"Danes, Saxons and Normans" by John G. Edgar
By Orison Swett Marden.
"Wheat and Huckleberries" by Charlotte Marion (White) Vaile

In poetry:

"Yet might sweet mercy find a place,
And bring relief to Jemmy's woes,
O George! without a prayer for thee,
My orisons should never close.
"Jemmy Dawson" by William Shenstone
Now waters their orisons murmur
As they fold her bright robes to their breast,
Where they mirror the galleried windows,
And the flag and the face of the Blest.
"Tobermory Bay" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
O, hear our prayers!,And ye who love the name
Of Israel's God, be instant at his throne,
Let the loud orison be heard in heaven,
That He delay not to reclaim his own.
"Israel's Prayer" by Caroline Fry
I Long ago some builder thrust
Heavenward in Southampton town
His spire and beamed his bells,
Largely conceiving from the dust
That pinnacle for ringing down
Orisons and Noëls.
"Southampton Bells" by John Drinkwater
It was for this, that prayers like these
Should spend themselves about thy feet,
And with hard overlaboured knees
Kneeling, these slaves of men should beat
Bosoms too lean to suckle sons
And fruitless as their orisons?
"Before A Crucifix" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Thou who wert born of Psyche and of Love
And fondly nurst on Poesy's warm breast
Painting, oh, power adored!
My country's sons have poured
To thee their orisons; and thou hast blest
Their votive sighs, nor vainly have they strove.
"Ode" by Maria Gowen Brooks

In news:

A tarp protects Orison Bolden's roof in Houston.