- Ecclesiastical. the canticle beginning in Latin Benedicite, omnia opera Domini, and in English “O all ye works of the Lord.”
Origin of Benedicite
1150–1200; Middle English < Latin, imperative 2nd person plural of benedīcere (bene bene- + dīcere to speak)
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Examples from the Web for benedicite
A rattle of stones in the darkness, and then an old voice muttering "Benedicite!"A Spirit in Prison
When he came to table, Fandor noticed that he forgot to pronounce the Benedicite.A Nest of Spies
Come, my friends, let us have peace, and say our benedicite.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 10 (of 10)
Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Then, according to use, he fell upon his knees with a loud "Benedicite."
There came a knock at the door with a "Benedicite," the prior bid the knocker enter.
- (esp in Christian religious orders) a blessing or grace
- obsolete an expression of surprise
C13: from Latin, from benedīcere, from bene well + dīcere to speak
- Christianity a canticle that originated as part of the Song of the Three Holy Children in the secondary addition to the Book of Daniel, beginning Benedicite omnia opera Domini Domino in Latin, and O all ye Works of the Lord in English
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