Definition for BEN-E-DIC'TION

BEN-E-DIC'TION, n. [L. benedictio, from bene, well, and dictio, speaking. See Boon and Diction.]

  1. The act of blessing; a giving praise to God or rendering thanks for his favors; a blessing pronounced; hence, grace before and after meals.
  2. Blessing, prayer, or kind wishes, uttered in favor of any person or thing; a solemn or affectionate invocation of happiness; thanks; expression of gratitude.
  3. The advantage conferred by blessing. – Bacon.
  4. The loan of instituting an abbot, answering to the consecration of a bishop. – Ayliffe.
  5. The external ceremony performed by a priest in the office of matrimony is called the nuptial benediction. – Encyc.
  6. In the Romish Church, an ecclesiastical ceremony by which a thing is rendered sacred or venerable. – Encyc.

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