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  • n. A calling to witness.
  • n. The vehement expression of desire put in terms of "for someone's sake" or "for God's sake."

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An invocation of, or address to, the Supreme Being.


From Ancient Greek δέησις (deesis, "entreaty, petition, want") (Wiktionary)


  • This was related to Father Albuquerque, [12] who after a fervent deesis entreating compassion on the natives, went to the island, exorcised the evil spirits there and blessed the land.

    The Philippine Islands

  • The more common opinion is that the distinction is twofold; first, that proseuche is addressed only to God, whereas deesis may be addressed to men; and secondly, that the former includes all address to God, while the latter is limited to petition.

    A Commentary on the Epistle to the Ephesians

  • As to the difference between proseuche and deesis, prayer and supplication, some say that the former has for its object the attaining of good; the latter, the avoidance of evil or deliverance from it.

    A Commentary on the Epistle to the Ephesians


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  • When whelmed by more joy or despair
    Than words can express or repair,
    Resort to deesis,
    A verbal prothsesis
    That props up a curse or a prayer.

    March 18, 2016

  • See also Deesis.

    March 18, 2016