intercession

[ in-ter-sesh-uh n ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈsɛʃ ən /

noun

an act or instance of interceding.
an interposing or pleading on behalf of another person.
a prayer to God on behalf of another.
Roman History. the interposing of a veto, as by a tribune.

Origin of intercession

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin intercessiōn- (stem of intercessiō), equivalent to intercess(us) past participle of intercēdere to intercede (equivalent to interced- variant stem + -tus past participle suffix, with -dt- > -ss-) + -iōn- -ion

Related forms

in·ter·ces·sion·al, adjectivepre·in·ter·ces·sion, noun

Can be confused

intercession intersession
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intercession

/ (ˌɪntəˈsɛʃən) /

noun

the act or an instance of interceding
the act of interceding or offering petitionary prayer to God on behalf of others
such petitionary prayer
Roman history the interposing of a veto by a tribune or other magistrate

Derived Forms

intercessional or intercessory, adjectiveintercessor, nounintercessorial, adjective

Word Origin for intercession

C16: from Latin intercessio; see intercede
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