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benediction

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noun bene·dic·tion \ˌbe-nə-ˈdik-shən\

Simple Definition of benediction

  • : a prayer that asks for God's blessing

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of benediction

  1. 1 :  the invocation of a blessing; especially :  the short blessing with which public worship is concluded

  2. 2 :  something that promotes goodness or well-being

  3. 3 often capitalized :  a Roman Catholic or Anglo-Catholic devotion including the exposition of the eucharistic Host in the monstrance and the blessing of the people with it

  4. 4 :  an expression of good wishes

Examples of benediction in a sentence

  1. He dismissed the congregation with a benediction.

  2. <the priest offered a benediction for the missing children>



Did You Know?

In benediction, the bene root is joined by another Latin root, dictio, "speaking", so the word's meaning becomes something like "well-wishing". Perhaps the best-known benediction is the so-called Aaronic Benediction from the Bible, which begins, "May the Lord bless you and keep you". An important section of the Catholic Mass was traditionally known as the Benedictus, after its first word (meaning "blessed"). It was St. Benedict who organized the first Christian monasteries; many Christians have been baptized Benedict in his honor, and 16 popes have taken it as their papal name.

Origin and Etymology of benediction

Middle English benediccioun, from Late Latin benediction-, benedictio, from benedicere to bless, from Latin, to speak well of, from bene well (akin to Latin bonus good) + dicere to say — more at bounty, diction


First Known Use: 15th century

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BENEDICTION Defined for Kids

benediction

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noun bene·dic·tion \ˌbe-nə-ˈdik-shən\

Definition of benediction for Students

  1. 1 :  a short blessing said especially at the end of a religious service

  2. 2 :  an expression of good wishes





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