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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 II

noun
1.
Saint, died a.d. 685, pope 684–85.
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British Dictionary definitions for benedict, saint

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
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Word Origin and History for benedict, saint

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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