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[ben-i-dik-shuh n] /ˌbɛn ɪˈdɪk ʃən/
an utterance of good wishes.
the form of blessing pronounced by an officiating minister, as at the close of divine service.
a ceremony by which things are set aside for sacred uses, as a church, vestments, or bells.
(usually initial capital letter). Also called Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. a service consisting of prayers, at least one prescribed hymn, censing of the congregation and the Host, and a blessing of the congregation by moving in the form of a cross the ciborium or monstrance containing the Host.
the advantage conferred by blessing; a mercy or benefit.
Origin of benediction
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin benedictiōn- (stem of benedictiō). See Benedictus, -ion
Related forms
prebenediction, noun Unabridged
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  • They then rose from table; the monk gave his benediction to all, and hurried away.

    Faustus Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
  • After the benediction came one of the saddest moments of the day.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • A new era of grace and benediction has dawned upon you; you are called to share in what has been promised to all.

  • Then I escaped before the blessing, desiring no benediction at such hands.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • Whenever or wherever a benediction or blessing is given, the Swastika is used.

    The Swastika Thomas Wilson
  • The signal was then given to us, and we all knelt to receive the benediction of Monseigneur.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
British Dictionary definitions for benediction


an invocation of divine blessing, esp at the end of a Christian religious ceremony
a Roman Catholic service in which the congregation is blessed with the sacrament
the state of being blessed
Derived Forms
benedictory, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin benedictio, from benedīcere to bless; see benedicite
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Word Origin and History for benediction

c.1400, from Latin benedictionem (nominative benedictio), noun of action from bene dicere "to speak well of, bless," from bene "well" (see bene-) + dicere "to speak" (see diction). The oldest sense in English is of grace before meat. The older French form, beneiçon passed into Middle English as benison.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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