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Pronunciation:  `beni'dikshun

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  1. [n]  the act of praying for divine protection
  2. [n]  a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection

BENEDICTION is a 11 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: blessing, blessing
 See Also: benison, orison, petition, prayer, prayer, supplication



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: acknowledgment, advantage, approval, benedicite, benefit, benison, blessing, boon, cognizance, credit, crediting, favor, godsend, grace, hymn, invocation, OK, paean, praise, prayer of thanks, recognition, thank offering, thanks, thanksgiving, thank-you