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

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 Those looking for saintly intercession can choose from a pantheon of holy helpers. Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2022 But this will not just be a Democratic problem: Barring the intercession of the courts, neither party has been able to accomplish many of its governance objectives lately. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 15 June 2022 Promises and Miracles is a docu-series exploring the promises made to immaterial beings when a miracle is granted through their intercession. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 23 May 2022 But the Emira is so innately drivable you’d have to be an idiot to lose the handle, with or without electronic intercession. Dan Neil, WSJ, 11 Mar. 2022 Their affair inevitably grows messy, requiring the intercession of Isak (Steve Sang-Hyun Noh), a kind traveling Christian missionary. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 11 Mar. 2022 Praise houses served as places of religious intercession, exhortation and devotion, and also as sites for conflict resolution, political development and education. Imani Perry, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Feb. 2022 That means they can be beatified without having to have a miracle attributed to his intercession. Marcos AlemÁn, ajc, 22 Jan. 2022 Californians for Equal Rights Foundation said the curriculum’s chant was invoking the names of Aztec deities and asking for their intercession. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Jan. 2022 See More

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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 8 Aug. 2022.

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