intercession

noun
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 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 Also on Tuesday, the pope recognized a miracle credited to the intercession of Pope Paul VI, who led the church from 1963 to 1978, opening the way for his canonization. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Clears Way to Make El Salvador’s Oscar Romero a Saint," 7 Mar. 2018 Even the pope’s predecessor, Benedict XVI, put a finger on the scale, arguing for priestly celibacy in a rare intercession that highlighted the hardening of liberal and conservative camps that has come to define Francis’ papacy. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "Pope Francis Sets Aside Proposal on Married Priests," 12 Feb. 2020 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

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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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4 Jul 2020

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“Intercession.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intercession. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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