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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.


relating to a benediction or blessing
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One of the distinctive aspects of Lewis's benedictive descriptions is its reverse anthropomorphism--what I regard as a profound and committed arbomorphism: the honor he bestows on the Pan-livingness of trees is conveyed by a metaphoric taxonomy in which people are privileged to take on the qualities of trees, as the human being becomes reduced to an organic essence:
bar]tra indicates that the imperative markers tu and hi can optionally (anyatarasyam) be replaced by the affix tat when a benedictive sense (asih) is intended.
Also, whatever were the actual diseases engaged through this benedictive touching by the Kings and Queens of England, might not the huge crowds stated by Frazer, along with the closeness of so many potentially contaminating bodies, suggest a contagion of disease affecting the Royal lineage, with the tragic effect that such undiscriminating touching possibly exacerbated the prevalence of the very illness that it proposed to cure?