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[in-ter-sesh-uh n] /ˌɪn tərˈsɛʃ ən/
an act or instance of interceding.
an interposing or pleading on behalf of another person.
a prayer to God on behalf of another.
Roman History. the interposing of a veto, as by a tribune.
Origin of intercession
late Middle English
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 forms
intercessional, adjective
preintercession, noun
Can be confused
intercession, intersession. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for intercession
  • Each year thousands of us go through the hiring process, hoping that by some divine intercession we'll be chosen.
  • The need for this intercession should not be reason to deride the team member.
  • Gestures for which there is no balm, no intercession.
  • His mouth is open in alarm, his eyes gaze upward as if seeking heavenly intercession.
  • Temporary creditor intercession by the prosecutor, when appropriate.
  • He also discusses recognizing pious and holy mystics as saints and the value of their intercession on behalf of believers.
  • Cannoneers prayed for her intercession before working with these dangerous big guns.
British Dictionary definitions for intercession


the act or an instance of interceding
the act of interceding or offering petitionary prayer to God on behalf of others
such petitionary prayer
(Roman history) the interposing of a veto by a tribune or other magistrate
Derived Forms
intercessional, intercessory, adjective
intercessor, noun
intercessorial, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin intercessio; see intercede
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Word Origin and History for intercession

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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