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[ben-i-dis-i-tee] /ˌbɛn ɪˈdɪs ɪ ti/
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) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Benedicite
Historical Examples
  • A rattle of stones in the darkness, and then an old voice muttering "Benedicite!"

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • When he came to table, Fandor noticed that he forgot to pronounce the Benedicite.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • 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."

    The Serf Guy Thorne
  • There came a knock at the door with a "Benedicite," the prior bid the knocker enter.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
  • But if you listen to what the Dominicans say of him, he is—Benedicite!

    The Fair Maid of Perth Sir Walter Scott
  • Benedicite, my little maid, thou art awake,” said Sister Avice.

    Grisly Grisell Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Bene: the first syllables of Benedicite; here the charm begins to work.

    The Browning Cyclopdia Edward Berdoe
  • Sing about the cattle the Benedicite and some litanies and the Pater Noster.

    The Old English Herbals Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
  • It is a combination of the six "Days" of Creation with the Benedicite omnia opera as a hymn of praise from created nature.

British Dictionary definitions for Benedicite


(esp in Christian religious orders) a blessing or grace
(obsolete) an expression of surprise
Word Origin
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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