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See also: bénédiction



Borrowed from Ecclesiastical Latin benedictio, benedictionis, from benedictus (blessed; well spoken of). Doublet of benison.


benediction (countable and uncountable, plural benedictions)

  1. A short invocation for divine help, blessing and guidance, usually after a church worship service.
    • Milton
      So saying, he arose; whom Adam thus / Followed with benediction.
    • Longfellow
      Homeward serenely she walked with God's benediction upon her.
  2. The form of instituting an abbot, analogous to the consecration of a bishop.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ayliffe to this entry?)
  3. A Roman Catholic rite by which bells, banners, candles, etc., are blessed with holy water and formally dedicated to God.