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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
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.
[1913 Webster] 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) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: the act of praying for divine protection [syn: blessing,
2: a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection [syn:
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
25 Moby Thesaurus words for "benediction":
OK, acknowledgment, advantage, approval, benedicite, benefit,
benison, blessing, boon, cognizance, credit, crediting, favor,
godsend, grace, hymn, invocation, paean, praise, prayer of thanks,
recognition, thank offering, thank-you, thanks, thanksgiving
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