benedicite

noun
be·​ne·​di·​ci·​te | \ ˌbe-nə-ˈdi-sə-(ˌ)tē, -ˈdi-kə-ˌtā, -ˈdē-chə-ˌtā, ˌbā-nā-ˈdē-chē-ˌtā British usually ˌbe-ni-ˈdī-si-tē \
plural -s

Definition of benedicite

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an invocation of a blessing the friar answered his reverend greeting with a paternal benedicite— Sir Walter Scott

benedicite

interjection
be·​ne·​di·​ci·​te | \ ˌbe-nə-ˈdi-sə-(ˌ)tē, -ˈdi-kə-ˌtā, -ˈdē-chə-ˌtā, ˌbā-nā-ˈdē-chē-ˌtā British usually ˌbe-ni-ˈdī-si-tē \

Definition of benedicite (Entry 2 of 2)

obsolete
used to express a wishgrace go with you, benedicite— Shakespeare

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History and Etymology for benedicite

Noun

Middle English, from Late Latin, bless ye

Interjection

Middle English, from Late Latin, bless ye, imperative plural of benedicere to bless

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“Benedicite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/benedicite. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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