in·​ter·​ces·​sion | \ˌin-tər-ˈse-shən \

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, -​ˈse-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
intercessor \ˌin-​tər-​ˈse-​sər \ noun
intercessory \ˌin-​tər-​ˈses-​rē, -​ˈse-​sə-​rē \ adjective

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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 In March of this year, the pope recognized a miracle attributed to Archbishop Romero’s intercession. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Francis to Make El Salvador’s Oscar Romero a Saint," 19 May 2018 With regard to the American 21st century, Gaddis’s favorite novelists and philosophers perhaps argue against both optional intercessions abroad and moralistic lead-from-behind recessionals. Victor Davis Hanson, New York Times, "When to Wage War, and How to Win: A Guide," 20 Apr. 2018 The segment describing Johnson's rough life and Garrido's intercession aired to the minor chords of an electric guitar. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "News / Housing Cop celebrated for helping homeless veteran was leading opponent of veterans’ housing," 19 Mar. 2018 Her parents prayed for the intercession of St. Rita, the patron saint of hopeless causes — and the little girl was healed. Atlanta Life, ajc, "‘Good bye, Aunt Rita! I’ll see you on the beach!’," 9 Mar. 2018 The pope recognized a miracle attributed to the intercession of Archbishop Romero, who was shot while celebrating Mass in 1980, at the beginning of El Salvador’s civil war that lasted until 1992. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Clears Way to Make El Salvador’s Oscar Romero a Saint," 7 Mar. 2018 Kuczynski was saved only by the intercession of Alberto Fujimori and his son, Kenji, who persuaded nine congressmen to sit out the key vote. Marcela Valdes, New York Times, "The Elder Statesman of Latin American Literature — and a Writer of Our Moment," 20 Feb. 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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