Definition of prayer in English:
- The milder and more beneficent forces of nature were addressed as female deities and invoked with prayers.
- Human beings are addressing God in prayers for help against the inducements of the devil.
- God answers our prayers because by addressing them to Him we acknowledge His Lordship and power.
- With your graciousness come to honor her loving memory during the funeral services and prayers.
- The mosque is now used by about 100 people for regular prayers and up to 200 for religious festivals.
- The strike came as worshippers had gathered for afternoon prayers, witnesses said.
- Swan will carry the hopes and prayers of Ireland as the country's current equine hero seeks to retain his crown.
- She started the restaurant when her marriage dissolved, on little but hope and prayers.
- Our deepest sympathies, prayers and best wishes go out to our fellow citizens who were injured in the blast.
not have a prayer
- informal Have no chance at all of succeeding at something.Example sentences
have no hope, not have/stand a chance, have/stand no chance, not have/stand the ghost of a chanceinformal not have a hope in hell, not have a cat in hell's chance, not have a dog's chance, not have/stand an earthly, not have a snowball's chance (in hell)Australian/New Zealand informal not have Buckley's (chance)
- He was doing the best he could, but he doesn't have a prayer in succeeding.
- If you cannot write some big cheques you don't have a prayer, which means that the system always throws up the same people.
- Under his plan, you don't have a prayer of getting a flu shot, ladies and gentlemen.
precarious from mid 17th century:
This is from Latin precarius ‘obtained by entreaty’, from prex, prec- ‘prayer’. The notion is one of something being dependent on the good grace of somebody else (needing entreaty), and therefore uncertain. Prayer (Middle English) is from the same word.
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