Where their benediction fell, their flocks were sure to go—or that was the idea.
Why do politicians and policy-makers need the benediction of celebrity to do their jobs?
Even so, there was a mystical note missing until they brought on the 87-year-old Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery for the benediction.
The resulting pictures of Angelina, dipping her head as she receives the Sovereign's benediction, have gone around the world.
They then rose from table; the monk gave his benediction to all, and hurried away.
Then, like a benediction from the God who watched over him, sleep came.
A new era of grace and benediction has dawned upon you; you are called to share in what has been promised to all.
If it is not successful I send you, by this letter, my benediction.
Never had benediction seemed so beautiful, so pathetic, so appealing, so irresistible.
There was a little reverent hush, for his words were in the nature of a benediction.
c.1400, from Latin benedictionem (nominative benedictio), noun of action from bene dicere "to speak well of, bless," from bene "well" (see bene-) + dicere "to speak" (see diction). The oldest sense in English is of grace before meat. The older French form, beneiçon passed into Middle English as benison.