- 1741-1801; Am. Revolutionary general who became a traitor
- 1822-88; Eng. poet, essayist, & critic
- 1795-1842; Eng. educator: father of Matthew
Origin of benedictalteration of Benedick, the bachelor in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing who marries Beatrice
Origin of BenedictEcclesiastical Late Latin Benedictus, literally , blessed: see benediction
Origin of benedictAfter Benedick, a character in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare.
- (rare) A newly married man, especially one who was previously a confirmed bachelor.
From Benedicke (a variant of Benedict), a character in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, 1598.
(comparative more benedict, superlative most benedict)