benison

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From Middle English beneson, a borrowing from Old French beneison, from Latin benedictio, benedictionem. First known use: 14th century.

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benison (plural benisons)

  1. (chiefly literary) A blessing; benediction.
    • 1855, Anthony Trollope, The Warden, ISBN 0679405518, page 197:
      Poor old men! how could they be cordial with their sore consciences and shamed faces? how could they bid God bless him with hearty voices and a true benison, knowing, as they did, that their vile cabal had driven him from his happy home, and sent him in his old age to seek shelter under a strange roof-tree?

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