benedict

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Benedict

[ben-i-dikt]
noun
1.
Ruth (Fulton) 1887–1948, U.S. writer and anthropologist.
2.
Saint, a.d. 480?–543?, Italian monk: founded Benedictine order.
3.
Stanley Rossiter [ros-i-ter] , 1884–1936, U.S. biochemist.
4.
a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “blessed.”

Benedict I

noun
died a.d. 579, pope 575–79.

Benedict II

noun
Saint, died a.d. 685, pope 684–85.

Benedict III

noun
died a.d. 858, pope 855–58.

Benedict IV

noun
died a.d. 903, pope 900–03.

Benedict V

noun
died a.d. 966, pope 964.

Benedict VI

noun
died a.d. 974, pope 973–74.

Benedict VII

noun
died a.d. 983, pope 974–83.

Benedict VIII

noun
died 1024, pope 1012–24.

Benedict IX

noun
died 1056?, pope 1032–44; 1045; 1047–48.

Benedict XI

noun
(Niccolò Boccasini) 1240–1304, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1303–04.

Benedict XII

noun
(Jacques Fournier) died 1342, French ecclesiastic: pope 1334–42.

Benedict XIII

noun
(Pietro Francesco Orsini) 1649–1730, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1724–30.

Benedict XIV

noun
(Prospero Lambertini) 1675–1758, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1740–58; scholar and patron of the arts.

Benedict XV

noun
(Giacomo della Chiesa) 1854–1922, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1914–22.
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Benedict (ˈbɛnɪˌdɪkt)
 
n
Saint. ?480--?547 ad, Italian monk: founded the Benedictine order at Monte Cassino in Italy in about 540 ad. His Regula Monachorum became the basis of the rule of all Western Christian monastic orders. Feast day: July 11 or March 14

Benedict XV
 
n
original name Giacomo della Chiesa. 1854--1922, pope (1914--22); noted for his repeated attempts to end World War I and for his organization of war relief

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benedict
"newly married man" (especially one who had seemed a confirmed bachelor), 1821, from the character Benedick in "Much Ado About Nothing" (1599). The name is from L.L. Benedictus, lit. "blessed," from L. benedicte "bless (you)" (see benediction). This also produced the
proper name Bennet; hence also benet (late 14c.), the third of the four lesser orders of the Roman Catholic Church, one of whose functions was to exorcize spirits.
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