benedictory

[ben-i-dik-tuh-ree]

Origin of benedictory

First recorded in 1700–10, benedictory is from the Medieval Latin word benedictōrius
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Examples from the Web for benedictory

Historical Examples of benedictory

  • Thor moved uneasily from under the weight of the benedictory hands.

  • We would say to the great city, in the benedictory spirit of the patriot of Venice,—esto perpetua!

  • "Certainly," said Reggie, who had raised his hat to the pair, and was regarding them with a benedictory smile.

    The Woman's Way

    Charles Garvice

  • He turns away with a muttered exclamation, not benedictory towards his betrothed, between his teeth.

    Red as a Rose is She

    Rhoda Broughton

  • He had come noiselessly in, and was surveying his daughter and guest with a benedictory smile.

    Mount Music

    E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross