The definition of a benediction is a religious blessing, or the state of having received such a blessing.(noun)
A Roman Catholic service in which the congregation is blessed with the Blessed Sacrament is an example of benediction.
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Origin: ME benediccioun < LL(Ec) benedictio < benedicere, to bless < L, to commend < bene, well + dicere, to speak: see diction
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Origin: Middle English benediccioun
Origin: , from Old French benedicion
Origin: , from Latin benedictiō, benedictiōn-
Origin: , from benedictus
Origin: , past participle of benedīcere, to bless
Origin: : bene, well; see deu-2 in Indo-European roots
Origin: + dīcere, to speak; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
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