Definition of benedictory in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌbɛnɪˈdɪkt(ə)ri/


Relating to the giving of a blessing.
Example sentences
  • Our thanks, yet again, to Shirley for arranging another highly successful outing, and to Richard for rounding off the day with such a benedictory and appropriate poetry recital.
  • The householders do aarathi to the actors personating Narasimha, Bhoodevi and Prahlada, followed by benedictory verses.
  • He signed off with a benedictory song on his favourite harmonium gifted to him in 1966 by the Don Bosco School, Broadway.


Late 18th century: from Latin benedictorius, from benedicere 'wish well' (see benediction).

Words that rhyme with benedictory

contradictory, maledictory, valedictory, victory

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