Definition of Hail mary

1. Noun. A salutation to the Virgin Mary now used in prayers to her.

Exact synonyms: Ave Maria
Generic synonyms: Prayer

Definition of Hail mary

1. Noun. (Roman Catholicism lang=en) A prayer calling for the intercession of the Holy Mother, for Catholics an essential element of the rosary, and with use in certain other denominations. ¹

2. Noun. (American football) A long forward pass with little chance of completion, typically used when time is running out and no other play is practical. ¹

3. Noun. (context: by extension) An act done in desperation, with only a very small chance of success. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hail Mary

Haida Gwaii
Haidinger's brushes
Hail Mary
Hail Marys
Hailey-Hailey disease
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Haitian Vodoun Culture Language
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Haitian centime
Haitian monetary unit

Literary usage of Hail mary

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1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"But such examples hardly warrant the conclusion that the hail mary was at ... Similarly a story attributing the introduction of the hail mary to St. ..."

2. Cyclopaedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature by John McClintock (1880)
"4, but requires a single recital of the Hail-Mary with each decade, ... On the second small bead repent the hail mary, substituting for the above italicized ..."

3. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"The hail mary, or Ave Maria, on the other hand, first became a regular prayer in the second Origin half of the eleventh century, though it and was not until ..."

4. Werner's Readings and Recitations (1892)
"Hail, Mary !" many a heart broken with grief, In that angelic prayer has found ... Hail, Mary, Queen of Heaven ! " let us repeat, And place our snowdrop ..."

5. The Ancren Riwle: A Treatise on the Rules and Duties of Monastic Life by James Morton (1853)
"Deal bountifully with thy servant.0 Hail, Mary ! " five times. ... Hail, Mary! When the Lord turned again the captivity of Sion. Hail, Mary," all out, ..."

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