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[ben-uh-zuh n, -suh n] /ˈbɛn ə zən, -sən/
Origin of benison
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French beneiçon, Middle French beneison < Latin benedictiōn- benediction Unabridged
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  • May the benison of the sightless bard bless you and yours for ever and ever!

    The Eve of All-Hallows, Vol. 3 (of 3) Matthew Weld Hartstonge
  • A benison upon a smiling lip, a kindly eye, and a cheerful voice!

    The Buccaneer Mrs. S. C. Hall
  • Let them go; but surely it is too much to expect us to pronounce a benison upon their dead and departed dry bones.

  • She raised her eyes with a grave half-smile as if to thank him for his benison.

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

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Well, to-morrow I leave Murglebed for ever; it has my benison.

    Simon the Jester William J. Locke
  • The benison thus bestowed remained with Deerfoot all the way home and to the end of his life.

    Deerfoot in The Mountains Edward S. Ellis
  • Will God be more likely to send her a benison for his unworthy asking?

    Doctor Cupid Rhoda Broughton
  • Mrs. Murphy leaned over Dil, and uttered a benison in her ignorant Christianity.

    In Wild Rose Time Amanda M. Douglas
  • The gentle stillness of a rare spring morning enveloped him with its benison.

    Visionaries James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for benison


/ˈbɛnɪzən; -sən/
(archaic) a blessing, esp a spoken one
Word Origin
C13: from Old French beneison, from Latin benedictiōbenediction
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Word Origin and History for benison

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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