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 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 Pope Francis put him on the road to possible sainthood in December, approving a decree of martyrdom which meant there was no need for a miracle to be attributed to Livatino's intercession with God for him to be beatified. NBC News, 9 May 2021 In ancient times, families hoped that through such intercession, the dead person would receive a better place in the life hereafter. Rabbi Avi Weiss, sun-sentinel.com, 26 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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. courant.com, 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, 29 June 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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18 May 2021

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“Intercession.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intercession. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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