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procession Line breaks: pro|ces¦sion
Pronunciation: /prəˈsɛʃ(ə)n/

Definition of procession in English:


1A number of people or vehicles moving forward in an orderly fashion, especially as part of a ceremony: a funeral procession
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  • A car bomber drove his vehicle into a funeral procession, a funeral procession for one of the local prominent tribal leaders there.
  • When the most famous composer of the age died, about thirty thousand mourners were present at the funeral procession on March 26, 1827.
  • Catholic countries like Spain make the most of the holy season (semana santa) with torchlit processions and extravagant religious ceremonies.
1.1 [mass noun] The action of moving forward in an orderly way: the fully robed civic dignitaries walk in procession
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  • On the 10th day, the ruler, in silk and priceless gems, wended his way in procession through the crowded streets on the gorgeously caparisoned elephant.
  • On September 18, all the idols would be taken in procession and immersed in River Cauvery.
  • The idol was, and is, annually dragged forth in procession on a monstrous car, and as masses of excited pilgrims crowded round to drag or accompany it, accidents occurred.
1.2A relentless succession of people or things: magistrates complain that they see a procession of recidivist minor offenders
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  • They streamed away like a procession of stars on the dark waters.
  • Above them streamed a procession of ghosts, one of whom had trailed a foot through Draco's shoulder on the way past, as many as twenty or twenty-five of them.
  • That was all Carlin had to do before picking the ball out of the net with seven minutes remaining as the game deteriorated into a series of hopeful and hopeless long balls and a procession of errant passes.
2 [mass noun] Theology The emanation of the Holy Spirit.
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  • On the filioque controversy, Bulgakov demonstrates that the East did not have a formal theology for the procession of the Holy Spirit.
  • At this point Pope Hadrian I defended the doctrine of procession through the Son against Charlemagne.
  • From the formality of the opening procession to the intimacy of Communion, God wants to fill our hearts and minds with his truth, his love, and his power.


Late Old English, via Old French from Latin processio(n-), from procedere 'move forward' (see proceed).



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  • As far as one could judge the great bulk of the processionists were unemployed.
  • A clash between the police and the processionists looked imminent.
  • A spokesman has condemned the use of force over the processionists and the arrest of the leaders and workers.

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