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[ben-i-dik-shuh n] /ˌbɛn ɪˈdɪk ʃən/
an utterance of good wishes.
the form of blessing pronounced by an officiating minister, as at the close of divine service.
a ceremony by which things are set aside for sacred uses, as a church, vestments, or bells.
(usually initial capital letter). Also called Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. a service consisting of prayers, at least one prescribed hymn, censing of the congregation and the Host, and a blessing of the congregation by moving in the form of a cross the ciborium or monstrance containing the Host.
the advantage conferred by blessing; a mercy or benefit.
Origin of benediction
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin benedictiōn- (stem of benedictiō). See Benedictus, -ion
Related forms
prebenediction, noun Unabridged
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  • After the benediction came one of the saddest moments of the day.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • Then I escaped before the blessing, desiring no benediction at such hands.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • The signal was then given to us, and we all knelt to receive the benediction of Monseigneur.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • And, with additions, the nephew repeated the benediction of the uncle.

  • To some of the services—to benediction for instance—the public is not admitted.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • A benediction spread over us with the farewell of the evening.

    The Flood Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for benediction


an invocation of divine blessing, esp at the end of a Christian religious ceremony
a Roman Catholic service in which the congregation is blessed with the sacrament
the state of being blessed
Derived Forms
benedictory, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin benedictio, from benedīcere to bless; see benedicite
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Word Origin and History for 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.

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