benedict

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noun ben·e·dict \ˈbe-nə-ˌdikt\

Definition of benedict

  1. :  a newly married man who has long been a bachelor

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Benedick is the chief male character in Shakespeare’s play Much Ado About Nothing. Throughout the play, both Benedick and his female counterpart Beatrice exchange barbed comments and profess to detest the very idea of marriage, but the story eventually culminates in their marriage to each other. As a result, Benedick's name came to be applied to men who marry later in life. The spelling was changed to benedict, possibly by association with a use of benedict meaning "bachelor" (although the evidence for this use is scant). Some early 20th-century usage commentators regarded the respelling as incorrect with regard to the etymology, but benedict has become the established spelling nevertheless. These days "benedict" is fairly uncommon and most typically encountered in historical sources and references.

Origin and Etymology of benedict

alteration of Benedick, character in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing


Benedict

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biographical name Ben·e·dict \ˈbe-nə-ˌdikt\

Definition of Benedict

  1. name of 16 popes: especially XIV (Prospero Lambertini) 1675–1758 (pope 1740–58); XV (Giacomo della Chiesa) 1854–1922 (pope 1914–22); XVI (Joseph Alois Ratz*ing*er\ˈrät-siŋ-ər\ ) 1927–     (pope 2005–13)


Benedict

biographical name ben·e·dict

Definition of Benedict

  1. Ruth 1887–1948 née Fulton American anthropologist


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