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pray

v. to formally request judicial judgment, relief and/or damages at the end of a complaint or petition. (See: prayer)

pray

verb address a request, adjure, appeal to, apply to, ask earnestly, beseech, bid, call upon, clamor for, cry for help, entreat, entreat persistently, impetrate, implore, make a request, make earnest petition for, make supplication, obtest, orare, petition, plead, precari, prefer a petition, prefer a request, press, put up petitions, raise upone's voice, requisition, rogare, solicit, supplicate, urge, urge persistently, urge repeatedly
Associated concepts: pray for relief in a complaint
See also: apply, importune, request
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His mother, grieving for the death of her brother, prayed the gods, and beat the earth with her hands, calling upon Hades and on awful Proserpine; she went down upon her knees and her bosom was wet with tears as she prayed that they would kill her son--and Erinys that walks in darkness and knows no ruth heard her from Erebus.
His sisters and his mother herself besought him sore, but he the more refused them; those of his comrades who were nearest and dearest to him also prayed him, but they could not move him till the foe was battering at the very doors of his chamber, and the Curetes had scaled the walls and were setting fire to the city.
When they prayed for the warriors, she thought of her brother and Denisov.
prayed Natasha, with impatient emotion in her heart, not crossing herself but letting her slender arms hang down as if expecting some invisible power at any moment to take her and deliver her from herself, from her regrets, desires, remorse, hopes, and sins.
The countess looked round several times at her daughter's softened face and shining eyes and prayed God to help her.
She listened to every word about the victory of Moses over Amalek, of Gideon over Midian, and of David over Goliath, and about the destruction of "Thy Jerusalem," and she prayed to God with the tenderness and emotion with which her heart was overflowing, but without fully understanding what she was asking of God in that prayer.
And going out to the mother he did what she asked--laid his hand on the boy's head and prayed.
After that, not a week passed without sick people coming, riding or on foot, to Father Sergius; and having acceded to one petition he could not refuse others, and he laid his hands on many and prayed.
So he prayed to Zeus the king and the other deathless gods that each might fall by his brother's hand and go down into the house of Hades.
When the next football game ended and the players had cleared the field, Coach Kennedy walked alone to the fifty-yard line and prayed a short prayer, thanking God for his players, their safety, and their spirited competition.
She prayed the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and the kidnappers let her go after a few days.
The paper reports the results of five separate studies designed to find out whether partner-focused prayer shifted individuals toward cooperative behaviours and tendencies both over time and in the immediate aftermath of hurtful behaviour, firstly they found that participants, who prayed more frequently for their partner, were rated as less vengeful in discussing something the partner had done to upset or annoy them.