benedictory


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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.
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Archer's face suddenly convulsed with happy sobs, the low benedictory murmur of the Rector's voice, the ordered evolutions of the eight pink bridesmaids and the eight black ushers: all these sights, sounds and sensations, so familiar in themselves, so unutterably strange and meaningless in his new relation to them, were confusedly mingled in his brain.
Wurman offered a few benedictory words, answered questions, and closed by reiterating the goal of the mission: to coordinate pod deployments with radar observations.
And this kind of Benedictory Power is the fount or type or natural origin, as it were, of all others.
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It starts heavily overcast with the threat of thunder (that ominous grumbling bass), the black clouds occasionally penetrated by dazzling shafts of sunshine, interrupted by a hailstorm and ending in a benedictory rainbow.
50) At the beginning of Dhatupatti, in place of benedictory verses are some allegorical verses on the strange origins of some materials, which conclude that, despite their strange origins, the qualities of these materials render them pure.
Wringhim's intention that his son will follow him and become an active spokesman for the cause of "purified" Christianity and its associated political faction is reiterated when--following his blasphemously victorious wrestling-match with God over the question of young Robert's election--he lays benedictory hands upon his acolyte and asks the Lord, among other sanguinary requests, that Robert become "a spear coming out of Thy mouth" (84).