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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- in Indo-European roots + dīcere, to speak; see deik- in 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 ?
Tomorrow; If you ask me, I should say, the benediction today and the wedding tomorrow.
Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New; which carrieth the greater benediction, and the clearer revelation of God's favor.
The chief justice flung out his hands with a gesture, as if he were bestowing a parting benediction on his countrymen.
The officiating priest was just finishing mass whilst D'Artagnan was looking at Bazin; he pronounced the words of the holy Sacrament and retired, giving the benediction, which was received by the kneeling communicants, to the astonishment of D'Artagnan, who recognized in the priest the coadjutor* himself, the famous Jean Francois Gondy, who at that time, having a presentiment of the part he was to play, was beginning to court popularity by almsgiving.
The priest and the negro knelt and murmured together the evening benediction and a prayer for the dead.
The man's face glowed into the benediction that had trembled there.
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.
Returning to the Spouter-Inn from the Chapel, I found Queequeg there quite alone; he having left the Chapel before the benediction some time.
Bagration called to him, and Tushin, raising three fingers to his cap with a bashful and awkward gesture not at all like a military salute but like a priest's benediction, approached the general.
Anne and Leslie bowed as those receiving a benediction.
Immediately after the service Father Sergius, having pronounced the benediction on those present, went over to the bench under the elm tree at the entrance to the cave.
He gave the benediction afterwards in Latin, but either Will Atkins did not know but it was French, or else did not take notice of it at that time.