Definition of intercession in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌin(t)ərˈseSHən/


1The action of intervening on behalf of another: through the intercession of friends, I was able to obtain her a sinecure
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  • With peer intercession, colleagues of the same status level in the organization are chosen from that nurse's department or another unit.
  • Abduh was finally allowed back in Egypt in 1889, reportedly with Lord Cromer's intercession.
  • Ayyoub, however, eventually managed to join the theatre institute thanks to the timely intercession of an enlightened, artistic uncle who wrote poetry and published several collections.
mediation, intermediation, arbitration, conciliation, negotiation;
intervention, involvement;
pleading, petition, entreaty, agency;
1.1The action of saying a prayer on behalf of another person: prayers of intercession
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  • By this simple gesture I no longer belong to myself but am consecrated for the specific mission of being a woman of prayer and intercession for the Church.
  • We should resolve to maintain prayer as a priority, cultivating a spirit of intercession, praying over all we do.
  • Because of the doctrine of purgatory, the dead remained closely tied to the community of the living, linked by bonds of prayer and intercession.



Pronunciation: /-ˈsesərē/
Example sentences
  • Increasingly, claims are being made about the positive effect of ‘spirituality’ on the sick and even for the ‘proven’ benefits of intercessory prayer.
  • Questions raised by intercessory prayer and distant healing are far reaching, challenging basic assumptions about the nature of consciousness, space, time, and causality.
  • That sainthood is valued for its intercessory value is clearly indicated by the fact that the primary method of identifying who will be canonized is by the performing of miracles.


Late Middle English: from Latin intercessio(n-), from the verb intercedere (see intercede).

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Syllabification: in·ter·ces·sion

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