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

Examples of intercession in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scientific opinion varies on the benefits of prayer, either as a form of intercession (asking for someone else) or petition (asking for oneself). Selene Rivera, Los Angeles Times, "An L.A. faith group believes prayer can help COVID patients, despite scientific skeptics," 9 Apr. 2021 In Mother Teresa’s case, a Brazilian man had been cured of a viral brain infection years earlier after his wife prayed for Mother Teresa's intercession. Sam Dorman, Fox News, "Saint Teresa of Calcutta: What to know about the heroic Catholic nun, Nobel Peace Prize recipient," 23 Mar. 2021 Through the intercession of Mitch McConnell, Trump got 234 of those judges confirmed, including, of course, three on the nation’s highest court. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Trump Judge Strikes a Blow for Federalism — for Now," 13 Mar. 2021 The Vatican must now confirm a miracle attributed to his intercession for him to be beatified, and a second one for him to be declared a saint. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, "French doctor who made Down discovery closer to sainthood," 21 Jan. 2021 Earlier this year, Pope Francis approved a decree recognizing a child’s cure from a deadly case of fetal hydrops while still in his mother’s womb as a miracle attributed to the intercession of Father McGivney., "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 14 Aug. 2020 The four inmates seeking the court's intercession were unanimously convicted more than 15 years ago of brutal crimes including murder, torture and rape. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court clears way for federal executions to resume," 29 June 2020 The prayer will implore the Virgin Mary's intercession and protection amid the coronavirus crisis. NBC News, "As Trump rages, state officials quietly press forward with vote by mail," 29 May 2020 Some don’t believe what the Church teaches about the real presence, the resurrection of the body, apostolic succession, the intercession of the saints. Nicholas Frankovich, National Review, "Going to Mass Online Makes One Mindful," 9 Apr. 2020

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Intercession.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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