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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.]
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(ˈbɛnɪzən; -sən)
(Ecclesiastical Terms) archaic a blessing, esp a spoken one
[C13: from Old French beneison, from Latin benedictiō benediction]
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(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.
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Noun1.benison - a spoken blessingbenison - a spoken blessing      
benediction, blessing - a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection
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Now blow out the trumpets, and may God's benison be with the honest men!"
"God's benison upon him!" said the abbot, and crossed himself; "may that sleep be to the refresh- ment of his body and his soul."
``Good-night, and Our Lady's benison,'' said the Palmer, with composure; and his guide moved forward.
I wouldn't have missed Dot, doing the honours in her wedding-gown, my benison on her bright face!
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It's still not all that common to find female partners, noted Mollene Benison, one of three female partners at the accounting firm of Dejoy, Knauf & Blood, but she says she hasn't experienced discrimination as a woman in her time in the field.
Ben Benison's retelling, set on the banks of the Humber, is certainly familiar to fans of Shakespeare's classic.