obsecration


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

obsecration \ob`se*cra"tion\ ([o^]b`s[-e]*kr[=a]"sh[u^]n), n.
   [L. obsecratio: cf. F. obsecration.]
   1. The act of obsecrating or imploring; as, the obsecrations
      of the Litany, being those clauses beginning with "By."
      --Bp. Stillingfeet. --Shipley.
      [1913 Webster]

   2. (Rhet.) A figure of speech in which the orator implores
      the assistance of God or man.
      [1913 Webster]
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