benedict

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Benedicke (a variant of Benedict), a character in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, 1598.

Noun[edit]

benedict (plural benedicts)

  1. (rare) A newly married man, especially one who was previously a confirmed bachelor.
    • 1891, Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger Poeple's" Country, Nebraska 2005, p. 50:
      The benedict, drearily superfluous to the festivities, had hardly been noticed by her as he lurked about the walls and sought what entertainment was possible to one under the social disabilities of matrimony.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Latin benedictus, past participle of benedicere (to bless). See benison, and compare bennet.

Adjective[edit]

benedict (comparative more benedict, superlative most benedict)

  1. (obsolete) Having mild and salubrious qualities.
    • 1622, Francis Bacon, Natural History, 1740, The Works of Francis Bacon, Baron of Verulam, Viscount St. Alban, Volume 3, page 5,
      And it is not a ſmall thing won in Phyſick, if you can make rhubarb, and other medicines that are benedict, as ſtrong purgers, as thoſe that are not without ſome malignity.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.