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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
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prebenediction, noun Unabridged
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  • They then rose from table; the monk gave his benediction to all, and hurried away.

    Faustus Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
  • Then, like a benediction from the God who watched over him, sleep came.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • 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.

    The Devil's Paw E. Phillips Oppenheim
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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