benison

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noun ben·i·son \ˈbe-nə-sən, -zən\

Definition of benison

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Examples of benison in a Sentence

  1. during the harbor festival the parish priest offered a benison for the local fishermen

Did You Know?

Benison and its synonym "benediction" share more than a common meaning; the two words come from the same root, the Latin benedicere, meaning "to bless." ("Benedicere" comes from the Latin bene dicere - "to speak well of" - a combination of the Latin bene, meaning "well," and "dicere," to say.) Of the two words, "benediction" is more common today, but "benison" has a longer history in English. Records show that "benison" has been used in our language since the 14th century. "Benediction" didn't appear in print until nearly a century later.

Origin and Etymology of benison

Middle English beneson, from Anglo-French beneiçon, from Late Latin benediction-, benedictio



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