Definitions

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  • n. An earnest supplication made in the name of God

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of obsecrating or imploring
  • n. A figure of speech in which the orator implores the assistance of God or man.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of obsecrating; entreaty; supplication.
  • n. In liturgics, one of the suffrages or versicles of the Litany beginning with the word by (or, in Latin, per); a petition of the Litany for deliverance from evil: as, “By thy baptism, fasting, and temptation,” the response being “Good Lord, deliver us.”
  • n. In rhetoric, a figure in which the orator implores the help of God or man.

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Examples

  • Thine own sake, O my God_; [256] to this belongs _obsecration_ -- namely, an appeal to sacred things, as when we say: _By Thy Nativity, deliver us, O Lord_!

    On Prayer and The Contemplative Life

  • But it is sufficient to remark that _obsecration_ is not a swearing by, or adjuring of God, as though to compel Him, for this is forbidden, but to implore His mercy.

    On Prayer and The Contemplative Life

  • And _obsecration_ precedes _prayer_, for it is from dwelling upon the Divine

    On Prayer and The Contemplative Life

  • And in the place of these imperial elixirs, beautiful to every sense, gem-hued, flower-scented, dream-compellers: - behold upon the quays at Cette the chemicals arrayed; behold the analyst at Marseilles, raising hands in obsecration, attesting god Lyoeus, and the vats staved in, and the dishonest wines poured forth among the sea.

    The Silverado Squatters

  • Many expletives are ancient religious formulas of objurgation, obsecration, asseveration, anathema, etc.

    Folkways A Study of the Sociological Importance of Usages, Manners, Customs, Mores, and Morals

  • And in the place of these imperial elixirs, beautiful to every sense, gem-hued, flower-scented, dream - compellers: - behold upon the quays at Cette the chemicals arrayed; behold the analyst at Marseilles, raising hands in obsecration, attesting god Lyoeus, and the vats staved in, and the dishonest wines poured forth among the sea.

    The Silverado Squatters

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