benedicite

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benedicite

(ˌbɛnɪˈdaɪsɪtɪ)
n
(Ecclesiastical Terms) (esp in Christian religious orders) a blessing or grace
interj
obsolete an expression of surprise
[C13: from Latin, from benedīcere, from bene well + dīcere to speak]

Benedicite

(ˌbɛnɪˈdaɪsɪtɪ)
n
(Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity a canticle that originated as part of the Song of the Three Holy Children in the secondary addition to the Book of Daniel, beginning Benedicite omnia opera Domini Domino in Latin, and O all ye Works of the Lord in English
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References in classic literature ?
"I implore you; such an action is worth ten Benedicites."
However, Tess found at least approximate expression for her feelings in the old BENEDICITE that she had lisped from infancy; and it was enough.
Benedicite , which always seemed to him so exquisite.
Ivanhoe crossed himself, repeating prayers in Saxon, Latin, or Norman-French, as they occurred to his memory, while Richard alternately said, Benedicite, and swore, Mort de ma vie!
Invited by Benassis, who summoned each in turn so as to avoid questions of precedence, the doctor's five guests went into the dining-room; and after the cure, in low and quiet tones, had repeated a Benedicite, they took their places at table.