Definition of benediction noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

benediction

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌbenɪˈdɪkʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌbenɪˈdɪkʃn//
 
[countable, uncountable](formal)
 
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a Christian prayer of blessing to sing/say/give a benediction his arms outstretched in benediction Word 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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