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  1. a newly married man, especially one who has been long a bachelor.

Origin of benedict

1820–25; erroneous assimilation of Benedick to a more familiar name


  1. Ruth (Fulton),1887–1948, U.S. writer and anthropologist.
  2. Saint,a.d. 480?–543?, Italian monk: founded Benedictine order.
  3. Stanley Ros·si·ter [ros-i-ter] /ˈrɒs ɪ tər/, 1884–1936, U.S. biochemist.
  4. a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “blessed.”

Benedict I

  1. died a.d. 579, pope 575–79.

Benedict II

  1. Saint,died a.d. 685, pope 684–85.

Benedict III

  1. died a.d. 858, pope 855–58.

Benedict IV

  1. died a.d. 903, pope 900–03.

Benedict V

  1. died a.d. 966, pope 964.

Benedict VI

  1. died a.d. 974, pope 973–74.

Benedict VII

  1. died a.d. 983, pope 974–83.

Benedict VIII

  1. died 1024, pope 1012–24.

Benedict IX

  1. died 1056?, pope 1032–44; 1045; 1047–48.

Benedict XI

  1. Niccolò Boccasini, 1240–1304, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1303–04.

Benedict XII

  1. Jacques Fournier, died 1342, French ecclesiastic: pope 1334–42.

Benedict XIII

  1. Pietro Francesco Orsini, 1649–1730, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1724–30.

Benedict XIV

  1. Prospero Lambertini, 1675–1758, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1740–58; scholar and patron of the arts.

Benedict XV

  1. Giacomo della Chiesa, 1854–1922, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1914–22.
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  • In 1843, Mr. Benedict was a member of the City Council, and president of that body.

  • For one term previous to that time Mr. Benedict was city attorney.

  • He felt mean and traitorous, a Benedict Arnold on a small scale.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "She was too young in thy time, Benedict," concluded the old man jocosely.

  • Mr. Benedict thought there might be, though he had never seen any.

    Down South

    Oliver Optic

British Dictionary definitions for benedict


  1. Saint . ?480–?547 ad, Italian monk: founded the Benedictine order at Monte Cassino in Italy in about 540 ad . His Regula Monachorum became the basis of the rule of all Western Christian monastic orders. Feast day: July 11 or March 14

Benedict XV

  1. original name Giacomo della Chiesa . 1854–1922, pope (1914–22); noted for his repeated attempts to end World War I and for his organization of war relief
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Word Origin and History for benedict


"newly married man" (especially one who had seemed a confirmed bachelor), 1821, from the character Benedick in "Much Ado About Nothing" (1599). The name is from Late Latin Benedictus, literally "blessed," from Latin benedicte "bless (you)" (see benediction). This also produced the proper name Bennet; hence also benet (late 14c.), the third of the four lesser orders of the Roman Catholic Church, one of whose functions was to exorcize spirits.

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