[in-ter-sesh-uh n]
  1. an act or instance of interceding.
  2. an interposing or pleading on behalf of another person.
  3. a prayer to God on behalf of another.
  4. 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 formsin·ter·ces·sion·al, adjectivepre·in·ter·ces·sion, noun
Can be confusedintercession intersession Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for intercessional


  1. the act or an instance of interceding
  2. the act of interceding or offering petitionary prayer to God on behalf of others
  3. such petitionary prayer
  4. Roman history the interposing of a veto by a tribune or other magistrate
Derived Formsintercessional or intercessory, adjectiveintercessor, nounintercessorial, adjective

Word Origin for intercession

C16: from Latin intercessio; see intercede
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Word Origin and History for intercessional



early 15c., "act of interceding," from Latin intercessionem (nominative intercessio) "a going between," noun of action from past participle stem of intercedere (see intercede). The modern sense was not in classical Latin.

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