[ ben-i-dik-shuhn ]
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  1. an utterance of good wishes.

  2. the form of blessing pronounced by an officiating minister, as at the close of divine service.

  1. a ceremony by which things are set aside for sacred uses, as a church, vestments, or bells.

  2. (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.

  3. the advantage conferred by blessing; a mercy or benefit.

Origin of benediction

1400–50; late Middle English (<Middle French ) <Latin benedictiōn- (stem of benedictiō). See Benedictus, -ion

Other words from benediction

  • pre·ben·e·dic·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for benediction


/ (ˌbɛnɪˈdɪkʃən) /

  1. an invocation of divine blessing, esp at the end of a Christian religious ceremony

  2. a Roman Catholic service in which the congregation is blessed with the sacrament

  1. the state of being blessed

Origin of benediction

C15: from Latin benedictio, from benedīcere to bless; see benedicite

Derived forms of benediction

  • benedictory, adjective

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