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ben·e·dic·tion

 (bĕn′ĭ-dĭk′shən)
n.
1. A blessing.
2. An invocation of divine blessing, usually at the end of a church service.
3. often Benediction Roman Catholic Church A short service consisting of prayers, the singing of a Eucharistic hymn, and the blessing of the congregation with the host.
4. An expression of good wishes.

[Middle English benediccioun, from Old French benedicion, from Latin benedictiō, benedictiōn-, from benedictus, past participle of benedīcere, to bless : bene, well; see deu-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + dīcere, to speak; see deik- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

ben′e·dic′tive, ben′e·dic′to·ry (-dĭk′tə-rē) adj.

benediction

(ˌbɛnɪˈdɪkʃən)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) an invocation of divine blessing, esp at the end of a Christian religious ceremony
2. (Roman Catholic Church) a Roman Catholic service in which the congregation is blessed with the sacrament
3. the state of being blessed
[C15: from Latin benedictio, from benedīcere to bless; see benedicite]
ˌbeneˈdictory adj

ben•e•dic•tion

(ˌbɛn ɪˈdɪk ʃən)

n.
1. an utterance of good wishes.
2. the invocation of a blessing, esp. the short blessing closing a religious service.
3. (usu. cap.) a Roman or Anglo-Catholic service that includes a blessing of the congregation with the Host in the monstrance.
4. something that imparts a benefit.
[1400–50; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin benedictiō]
ben•e•dic•to•ry (ˌbɛn ɪˈdɪk tə ri) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.benediction - the act of praying for divine protectionbenediction - the act of praying for divine protection
prayer, supplication - the act of communicating with a deity (especially as a petition or in adoration or contrition or thanksgiving); "the priest sank to his knees in prayer"
2.benediction - a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protectionbenediction - a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection
orison, petition, prayer - reverent petition to a deity
benison - a spoken blessing

benediction

noun
2. beatitude, favour, grace, felicity, exaltation, beatification, saintliness, holy joy She could only raise her hand in a gesture of benediction.

benediction

noun
A short prayer said at meals:
Translations
منْح البَرَكَه مِنَ
blahořečenípožehnání
velsignelse
blessun, blessunarbæn
palaiminimas
svētība
hayır duatakdis

benediction

[ˌbenɪˈdɪkʃən] Nbendición f

benediction

[ˌbɛnɪˈdɪkʃən] n
(= final prayer) → bénédiction f
(= blessing) → bénédiction m

benediction

n
(= blessing)Segen m; (= act of blessing)Segnung f
(= consecration)Einsegnung f

benediction

[ˌbɛnɪˈdɪkʃn] nbenedizione f

benediction

(benəˈdikʃən) noun
a prayer giving blessing.
References in classic literature ?
But a bird sang blithely on a budding bough, close by, the snowdrops blossomed freshly at the window, and the spring sunshine streamed in like a benediction over the placid face upon the pillow, a face so full of painless peace that those who loved it best smiled through their tears, and thanked God that Beth was well at last.
The priest and the negro knelt and murmured together the evening benediction and a prayer for the dead.
On Sundays, after Phoebe had been at church,--for the girl had a church-going conscience, and would hardly have been at ease had she missed either prayer, singing, sermon, or benediction, --after church-time, therefore, there was, ordinarily, a sober little festival in the garden.
He said no more, but slowly waving a benediction, covered his face with his hands, and so remained kneeling, till all the people had departed, and he was left alone in the place.
Now it is understood that he has composed an original speech of congratulation and benediction, and this is one of the events of the day.
And, with this pathetic benediction, the assembly dispersed.
THE sun rose upon a tranquil world, and beamed down upon the peaceful village like a benediction.
The "Amen" said, she sat down, or presumed she sat down, on what she believed to be a bench, and there was a benediction.
So saying, he arose; whom ADAM thus Follow'd with benediction.
It is probable, too, that the language in which the benediction was conferred, and the information asked, sounded ungracious, though not probably unintelligible, in the ears of the Saxon peasants.
About this time the father of our Chrysostom died, and he was left heir to a large amount of property in chattels as well as in land, no small number of cattle and sheep, and a large sum of money, of all of which the young man was left dissolute owner, and indeed he was deserving of it all, for he was a very good comrade, and kind-hearted, and a friend of worthy folk, and had a countenance like a benediction.
D'Artagnan the elder girded his own sword round his son, kissed him tenderly on both cheeks, and gave him his benediction.