in·​ter·​ces·​sion | \ ˌin-tər-ˈse-shən How to pronounce intercession (audio) \

Definition of intercession

1 : the act of interceding
2 : prayer, petition, or entreaty in favor of another

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Other Words from intercession

intercessional \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈsesh-​nəl How to pronounce intercessional (audio) , -​ˈse-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
intercessor \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈse-​sər How to pronounce intercessor (audio) \ noun
intercessory \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈses-​rē How to pronounce intercessory (audio) , -​ˈse-​sə-​rē \ adjective

Examples of intercession in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And can these letters be read without a cohesive story connecting them, without a lens through which to read them, or the intercessions of a teacher highlighting their significance? Jessica Hooten Wilson, National Review, "A New Collection of Letters Feeds the Hunger for More Flannery O’Connor," 24 Oct. 2019 May Our Lord continue to bless Saint Mary's Catholic High School and may Our Blessed Mother's intercession secure all that is good for her beloved sons and daughters in the days to come. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Tommy Brittain says he was let go as St. Mary's football coach," 4 Nov. 2019 But there is unease, as suggested by a previously unreported intercession by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Anchorage Daily News, "House panels demand records from Pompeo as Democrats prepare to dial up impeachment effort," 28 Sep. 2019 More than an hour later, after the intercession of Chinese drug regulators, the FDA employees were finally freed. Katherine Eban, WIRED, "8 Ways Overseas Drug Manufacturers Dupe the FDA," 7 Aug. 2019 According to Britain’s Catholic Herald, two possible miracles attributable to Father Tolton’s intercession have already been referred to the Vatican. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Moves First African-American Priest Closer to Sainthood," 12 June 2019 Owing to such magic-seeming intercessions, GoFundMe has acquired a wishing-well mystique. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "The Perverse Logic of GoFundMe Health Care," 24 June 2019 Now the Vatican must confirm a miracle attributed to Hlond's intercession for him to be beatified, and a second one for him to be made a saint. Fox News, "Polish priest set for sainthood criticized for anti-Semitism," 4 July 2018 The status allows Angelelli to be beatified — the first step toward sainthood — without having a miracle attributed to his intercession. Fox News, "Pope clears way for beatification of slain Argentina bishop," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of intercession

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for intercession

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin intercession-, intercessio, from intercedere

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“Intercession.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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