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benison

[ben-uh-zuh n, -suh n]
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noun
  1. benediction.

Origin of benison

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French beneiçon, Middle French beneison < Latin benedictiōn- benediction
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Examples from the Web for benison

Historical Examples

  • God's benison on the man who first turned his hand to the making of war!

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • A benison upon a smiling lip, a kindly eye, and a cheerful voice!

    The Buccaneer

    Mrs. S. C. Hall

  • Only for a moment;—Felicias smile went like a benison over it.

    Paths of Judgement

    Anne Douglas Sedgwick

  • But, before we part, Mr Stoddart shall pronounce his benison.

  • May the benison of the sightless bard bless you and yours for ever and ever!


British Dictionary definitions for benison

benison

noun
  1. archaic a blessing, esp a spoken one

Word Origin

C13: from Old French beneison, from Latin benedictiō benediction
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Word Origin and History for benison

n.

c.1300, "blessing, beatitude," from Old French beneiçon "blessing, benediction," from Latin benedictionem (see benediction).

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