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Urisoun, n. Also: urison(n)e, ur(i)e-, urysone, -sown, urasoun, wriso(u)n, -soune, wrysown(e, wriesown, -sone. [ME and e.m.E. ureisun (c1175), urisun (c1250), f. as Oriso(u)n n.]

1. A prayer. b. The act of praying, prayer. c. To mak (one's) orisoun, to say a prayer. d. attrib. = Oriso(u)n n. 1, 1 b, 1 c, 1 d. c1420 Wynt. v 4386.
Gelasius … Ympnys mad and wrysownys
c1450-2 Howlat 472 (A).
[He] come to the haly graf … With offerandis and vrisonnis
c1460 Wisd. Sol. (STS) 331.
Bettir is the end of the vresone na the begynyng
?a1500 Remembr. Passion 528.
Ane vrisoun till our Lady
a1540 Freiris Berw. 348 (M).
The freyr … tuik his buik and said ane vrisone
a1578 Pitsc. I 349/28.
I teichit thame the dominicall wrisoun quhilk we call the Lordis prayer
b. c1420 Wynt. v 3443.
Sum on kneyis in urysown [W. vrisoun] And sum in contemplatyown
c1490 Irland Asl. MS 47/16.
Gif thair be ony of thi barnis baptisit and decesit sone efter before vse of vrisoun
a1500 Prestis of Peblis 129 (Asl.).
Richt sa throu ȝour mes & vrisoun Myne enemyis suld put to confusioun
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 946 (Asl.).
Behald the son of God in vrisoun
1533 Boece 191b.
Certane kirk men callit Culdeis … mekill in vrisoun exercit
c. a1400 Leg. S. v 311.
Sancte Johne mad his vrisone To God in gud deuocione
a1400 Leg. S. xvii 120.
c1420 Wynt. i 599.
d. 1540 Maxwell Mem. I 409.
Ane wrison bwyk

2. A formal speech, oration, harangue. Also b. To mak ane urisoun, to make a speech or give an address to an audience. = Oriso(u)n n. 3, 3 c. c. A discourse designed as a moral or explanatory comment on what has gone before. = Oratio(u)n(e n. 2 b. Only Pitsc. 1533 Boece 122b.
Ostorius … to exhort was nocht swere, vsing ane vehement vrasoun
a1578 Pitsc. I 59 marg.
Alexander Levingstounis wrisoun to the pepill
b. a1578 Pitsc. I 56 heading.
Hou the governouris sone was heiddit and hou he maid a wrisoune
a1578 Pitsc. I 59/28.
Alexander … maid ane singular goode wriesone deplorand the mutabilietie and wnstabillnes of fortune
1673 Stirling Common Good 85.
Gevin to … ane of the scollers for making ane urisone befoir the magistrats at thair placing of the schoollmaister [£2 18 s.]
c. a1578 Pitsc. I 145 heading.
Of the exhortatioun and urisonne following heireftir
a1578 Pitsc. I 209 marg.
The wriesown
a1578 Pitsc. I 392 marg.
The Vriesone

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