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benediction

Line breaks: bene|dic¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌbɛnɪˈdɪkʃ(ə)n
 
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Definition of benediction in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1The utterance of a blessing, especially at the end of a religious service: he said the benediction
More example sentences
  • We close with a communion service; youth serve the older members the bread and wine, saying a special blessing and benediction upon their new friends.
  • It makes, however, an imposing finale, since it is on the whole cheerful in mood - in the key traditionally associated with blessing and benediction.
  • He laid his own over ours in a sort of benediction, a blessing.
1.1 (Benediction) (In the Roman Catholic Church) a service in which the congregation is blessed with the sacrament: she went with Maureen to Benediction
More example sentences
  • Rosary and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction takes place every Sunday evening at 6.30 pm in the Church.
  • There will be special devotions in St. Joseph's Church on Sunday, April 18, at 3pm with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.
  • Mass will be celebrated daily at 3.00 p.m. (with anointing of the sick) followed by the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament and finishing with Benediction at the Apparition Chapel.
1.2 [count noun] A prayer asking for divine blessing.
Example sentences
  • Raising her hands, she said a brief benediction.
  • The focus passage closes with a brief, moving benediction.
  • It was somewhat with surprise that she heard the acolytes singing the benediction, and she brought her full attention back to the matter at hand.
Synonyms
blessing, prayer, invocation, dedication;
archaic orison
1.3The state of being blessed: he eventually wins benediction
More example sentences
  • It may be offered, though it is not essential, for one's deceased relations, too, in the hope of benediction and blessings for the departed souls.
  • Ignatius, feeling his death approaching, still asked for benediction.
  • Shaken, I sought benediction in a burnt offering.
Synonyms
blessedness, beatitude, bliss, grace, favour

Origin

late Middle English: via Old French from Latin benedictio(n-), from benedicere 'wish well, bless', from bene 'well' + dicere 'say'.

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