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 (bĕn′ĭ-zən, -sən)
A blessing; a benediction.

[Middle English, from Old French beneison, from Latin benedictiō, benedictiōn-, praising; see benediction.]


(ˈbɛnɪzən; -sən)
(Ecclesiastical Terms) archaic a blessing, esp a spoken one
[C13: from Old French beneison, from Latin benedictiō benediction]


(ˌbɛn ɪˈdɪk ʃən)

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.benison - a spoken blessingbenison - a spoken blessing      
benediction, blessing - a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection
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Good-night, and Our Lady's benison,'' said the Palmer, with composure; and his guide moved forward.
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Now blow out the trumpets, and may God's benison be with the honest men
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I am benison, it sang; others may take heed or go back to their status as prisoners.
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Ashington vicar Rev Philip Benison said: "Jack would never understand why people hero-worshipped him; he was staggered when Cardinal Hume wanted his autograph when they were made Freemen of the Newcastle.