[ben-i-dik-shuh n]


an utterance of good wishes.
the form of blessing pronounced by an officiating minister, as at the close of divine service.
a ceremony by which things are set aside for sacred uses, as a church, vestments, or bells.
(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.
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
Related formspre·ben·e·dic·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of benediction

  • After the benediction came one of the saddest moments of the day.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • Then I escaped before the blessing, desiring no benediction at such hands.

    American Notes

    Rudyard Kipling

  • The signal was then given to us, and we all knelt to receive the benediction of Monseigneur.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • And, with additions, the nephew repeated the benediction of the uncle.

  • To some of the services—to Benediction for instance—the public is not admitted.

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

British Dictionary definitions for benediction



an invocation of divine blessing, esp at the end of a Christian religious ceremony
a Roman Catholic service in which the congregation is blessed with the sacrament
the state of being blessed
Derived Formsbenedictory, adjective

Word Origin for benediction

C15: from Latin benedictio, from benedīcere to bless; see benedicite
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Word Origin and History for benediction

c.1400, from Latin benedictionem (nominative benedictio), noun of action from bene dicere "to speak well of, bless," from bene "well" (see bene-) + dicere "to speak" (see diction). The oldest sense in English is of grace before meat. The older French form, beneiçon passed into Middle English as benison.

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