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benediction

noun bene·dic·tion \ˌbe-nə-ˈdik-shən\

: a prayer that asks for God's blessing

Full Definition of BENEDICTION

1
:  the invocation of a blessing; especially :  the short blessing with which public worship is concluded
2
:  something that promotes goodness or well-being
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
:  an expression of good wishes

Examples of BENEDICTION

  1. He dismissed the congregation with a benediction.
  2. <the priest offered a benediction for the missing children>

Origin 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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