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[lek-shuh n] /ˈlɛk ʃən/
a version of a passage in a particular copy or edition of a text; a variant reading.
a portion of sacred writing read in a divine service; lesson; pericope.
Origin of lection
1530-40; < Latin lēctiōn- (stem of lēctiō) a reading, equivalent to lēct(us) (past participle of legere to choose, gather, read; cognate with Greek légein to speak) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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  • It's sheer spite, because he wouldn't vote for their man last 'lection.'

    John Caldigate Anthony Trollope
  • We set there as solemn as if parson was preachin' to us on 'lection and predestination.

    Aunt Jane of Kentucky Eliza Calvert Hall
  • There is bad folks in Jonesville 'lection day,—bad men, and bad women.

    Sweet Cicely Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley
  • But we got to be up and doin', as they say about 'lection times.

    Annie Kilburn William Dean Howells
  • They 'vised them to have nothin' to do wid deir husbands if they didn't go to de 'lection box and vote for Moses.

  • Who'd take care of the young ones while they trapsed about 'lection days?

    The Gold Brick Ann S. Stephens
  • He and father got into a talk over the 'lection, and they had words about it.

    Pembroke Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • "I expect they've all gone to Sir Harry's 'lection tea," said Mrs. Nicholls.

    Notwithstanding Mary Cholmondeley
  • I'd like to know what difference it makes about the 'lection anyway?

    Pembroke Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • When they got to having words about the 'lection, father begun it.

    Pembroke Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for lection


a variant reading of a passage in a particular copy or edition of a text
Word Origin
C16: from Latin lectio a reading, from legere to read, select
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lection

1530s, from Old French lection, from Latin lectionem (nominative lectio), noun of action from past participle stem of legere "to read" (see lecture (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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