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benedictory

[ben-i-dik-tuh-ree] /ˌbɛn ɪˈdɪk tə ri/
adjective
1.
of, giving, or expressing benediction.
Origin of benedictory
1700-1710
First recorded in 1700-10, benedictory is from the Medieval Latin word benedictōrius
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  • Thor moved uneasily from under the weight of the benedictory hands.

  • We would say to the great city, in the benedictory spirit of the patriot of Venice,—esto perpetua!

  • "Certainly," said Reggie, who had raised his hat to the pair, and was regarding them with a benedictory smile.

    The Woman's Way

    Charles Garvice
  • He turns away with a muttered exclamation, not benedictory towards his betrothed, between his teeth.

    Red as a Rose is She Rhoda Broughton
  • He had come noiselessly in, and was surveying his daughter and guest with a benedictory smile.

    Mount Music

    E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross
  • Proudtree withdrew with considerable dignity in view of his bulk, waving a benedictory hand ere the door closed behind him.

    The Turner Twins Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The last roll of the organ died away and the minister pronounced his benedictory prayer.

    With Edge Tools Hobart Chatfield-Taylor
  • She raised her hand with a benedictory air and let it rest lightly, ever so lightly, on Ted's hair.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • Mr. Pyecroft's eyes, which had been large with benedictory roundness, flashed with a smile.

  • Here is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, of the benedictory prayers of the Bible.

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