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benedict

[ben-i-dikt] /ˈbɛn ɪ dɪkt/
noun
1.
a newly married man, especially one who has been long a bachelor.
Origin
1820-1825
1820-25; erroneous assimilation of Benedick to a more familiar name

Benedict

[ben-i-dikt] /ˈbɛn ɪ dɪkt/
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] /ˈrɒs ɪ tər/ (Show IPA),
1884–1936, U.S. biochemist.
4.
a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “blessed.”.

Benedict I

noun
1.
died a.d. 579, pope 575–79.

Benedict II

noun
1.
Saint, died a.d. 685, pope 684–85.

Benedict III

noun
1.
died a.d. 858, pope 855–58.

Benedict IV

noun
1.
died a.d. 903, pope 900–03.

Benedict V

noun
1.
died a.d. 966, pope 964.

Benedict VI

noun
1.
died a.d. 974, pope 973–74.

Benedict VII

noun
1.
died a.d. 983, pope 974–83.

Benedict VIII

noun
1.
died 1024, pope 1012–24.

Benedict IX

noun
1.
died 1056? pope 1032–44; 1045; 1047–48.

Benedict XI

noun
1.
(Niccolò Boccasini) 1240–1304, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1303–04.

Benedict XII

noun
1.
(Jacques Fournier) died 1342, French ecclesiastic: pope 1334–42.

Benedict XIII

noun
1.
(Pietro Francesco Orsini) 1649–1730, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1724–30.

Benedict XIV

noun
1.
(Prospero Lambertini) 1675–1758, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1740–58; scholar and patron of the arts.

Benedict XV

noun
1.
(Giacomo della Chiesa) 1854–1922, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1914–22.
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Benedict

/ˈbɛnɪˌdɪkt/
noun
1.
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

noun
1.
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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Word Origin and History for benedict
n.

"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 Late Latin Benedictus, literally "blessed," from Latin 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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Benedict XI

pope from 1303 to 1304. His brief reign was taken up with problems he inherited from the quarrel of his predecessor, Boniface VIII, with King Philip IV the Fair of France and the King's allies (the Colonna family of Rome)

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