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Oraiso(u)n, Orasoun(e, n. Also: oraeson. [ME. (Ancr. R.) and e.m.E. oreisun, oreysone, e.m.E. (16th c.) orayson, oraison, OF. oreisun, F. oraison (16th c. in Littré).] = Oriso(u)n n.Also funebral (= funeral) oraison, Funebral a.(1) c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 481.
King Philip haid maid his orasoun Till his goddis with gret deuotioun
1581 Burne Disput. in Cath. Tr. 127/8.
Saying thair auin priuat oraisonis
Ib. 129/2.
All thingis quhilk ve craue of God ar put in certane formes of oraesonis
c1590 Fowler II. 52/8.
The reik of the incense of the oraisons of the sancts ascendit … befoir the Lord
attrib. 1542 Acts & Decr. I. 140.
In his oratour … his orasoun buke couerit with grene veluot
(2) 1558-66 Knox I. 301.
After we had drawin our oraisoun and petitionis [to the Queen]
c1590 Fowler I. 15/18.
That ornat oratour, Mark Cicero, … in his oraisoun for Archia Poeta
1596–1600 Warrender P. II. 433.
At this parliament the King & the Lord President maid thair oraisons
a1597-1617 Hist. Jas. VI 179.
Foure … ladeyis, … Peax, Justice, Plentie and Policie, … had an oraison to his majestie

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