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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>



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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