benediction /ˌbɛnɪˈdɪkʃ(ə)n/


I. noun [ mass noun]

1. the utterance of a blessing, especially at the end of a religious service.

he said the benediction.
2. ( Benediction) (in the Roman Catholic Church) a service in which the congregation is blessed with the sacrament.

she went with Maureen to Benediction.
3. [ count noun] a prayer asking for divine blessing.
4. the state of being blessed.

he eventually wins benediction.
– origin late Middle English: via Old French from Latin benedictio(n-), from benedicere ‘wish well, bless’, from bene ‘well’ + dicere ‘say’.

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