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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).

Oratrice, n. Plur. oratricis. [ME. (1432) and e.m.E., AF. oratrice: cf. Oratrix.]

With a possess. noun or pronoun: A woman who prays for the person designated by the possessive.The female correlative of Orato(u)r n.1 1.A common form in petitions presented to the sovereign or other authority and in decrees granting these. 1502 Reg. Privy S. I. 132/1.
A precept for Elizabeth Haig, the Kingis oratrice sen his birth, of the gift of ane ȝerelie pensioun
1507 Montgomery Mem. 67.
It is humlie menit and schewin to ws be oure louit oratrice Jonet Dunlop … that [etc.]
1520 Fife Sheriff Ct. 276. 1531–2 Reg. Privy S. II. 156/1.
Our devote oratrice the priores and convent of our abbay of Caldstreme
1540–1 Ib. 575/1.
Forsamekile as we … exemit oure lovit oratrice And wedo Agnes Cokburne … of all paying of ony taxtis
1560 St. A. Kirk S. 37; 1559 Ib. 20.
Unto your wysedomes humelie meynis … your daylie oratrice Elizabeth Gedde upoun Williame Rantoun that [etc.]
1563–4 Edinb. B. Rec. III. 176. 1567 Crail B. Ct. MS. 11 Nov.
Ȝour seruituris and oratricis Alisoun Elyn and Margarit Cornualis
1608 Crim. Trials II. 562.
Vnto ȝour lordschipis humilie menis … ȝour lordschipis puir oratrice Marioun Heislop … that [etc.]

b. Also said of the Virgin as pleading or interceding to God for sinners. c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxxv. 48.
Our teyne to meyne, and ga betweyne, Ane hevinle oratrice
Ib. 67.
Oratrice, mediatrice, salvatrice, To God gret suffragane

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