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benediction


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Benediction  \Ben`e*dic"tion\,  n.  [L.  benedictio:  cf  F. 
  b['e]n['e]diction.  See  {Benison}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  blessing. 
 
  2.  A  blessing;  an  expression  of  blessing,  prayer,  or  kind 
  wishes  in  favor  of  any  person  or  thing  a  solemn  or 
  affectionate  invocation  of  happiness. 
 
  So  saying,  he  arose;  whom  Adam  thus  Followed  with 
  benediction.  --Milton. 
 
  Homeward  serenely  she  walked  with  God's  benediction 
  upon  her  --Longfellow. 
  Specifically:  The  short  prayer  which  closes  public 
  worship;  as  to  give  the  benediction. 
 
  3.  (Eccl.)  The  form  of  instituting  an  abbot,  answering  to  the 
  consecration  of  a  bishop.  --Ayliffe. 
 
  4.  (R.  C.  Ch.)  A  solemn  rite  by  which  bells,  banners, 
  candles,  etc.,  are  blessed  with  holy  water,  and  formally 
  dedicated  to  God. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  benediction 
  n  1:  the  act  of  praying  for  divine  protection  [syn:  {blessing}] 
  2:  a  ceremonial  prayer  invoking  divine  protection  [syn:  {blessing}] 




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