Synonyms for rosary

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And he went straight to the Rosary, as though he were determined to conquer death.

Those who may be unable to come ought at least to say their Rosary at home.'

For hours the beads of his Rosary would glide between his fingers.

Her bony fingers were loaded with loose rings, and a rosary hung at her wrist.

Say a rosary for the Blessed Virgin every morning before breaking your fast.

It is a rosary of pain that has wrought the conversion of many a stubborn heretic.

There was a faint swish of robes, the faint rattle of rosary beads.

There was a rosary upon the top of the box, it is true, but what of it?

Three times in rapid succession The Rosary was played, then sudden silence.

She did not play The Rosary at once, but made use of one of the other records.

WORD ORIGIN

"rose garden," mid-15c., from Latin rosarium "rose garden," in Medieval Latin also "garland; string of beads; series of prayers," from noun use of neuter of rosarius "of roses," from rosa "rose" (see rose (n.1)).

The sense of "series of prayers" is 1540s, from Middle French rosaire, a figurative use of the word meaning "rose garden," on the notion of a "garden" of prayers. This probably embodies the medieval conceit of comparing collections to bouquets (cf. anthology and Medieval Latin hortulus animae "prayerbook," literally "little garden of the soul"). Sense transferred 1590s to the strings of beads used as a memory aid in reciting the rosary.

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beads

nounstring of small, often round, objects
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