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Old Republican is supported by prayer (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

orison

Here is my best explanation:

'prayer' is the definition.

('orison' can be a synonym of 'prayer')

'old republican is supported by' is the subsidiary indication.

'old' becomes 'o'.

'republican' becomes 'r' (abbreviation).

'supported by' becomes 'on'.

'o'+'r'+'is'+'on'='orison'

This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for orison that I've seen before include "O, no, sir, it makes a prayer", "Prayer - O no sir! (anag)", "Supplication", "Prayer (archaic)" and "An archaic or literary prayer".)

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