Meaning of “benediction” in the English Dictionary

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"benediction" in English

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benedictionnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌben.ɪˈdɪk.ʃən/ us /ˌben.əˈdɪk.ʃən/

Examples from literature

  • And as Anthony went out of the room he heard benedictions mingled with sobs following him. 
  • He lifted up his hands to give them his benediction, and we all knelt to receive it. 
  • Here the banners drew up in a vast semicircle enclosing the great audience, and vespers were sung, after which the fifty thousand worshipers knelt and received the benediction, which was pronounced by eight bishops simultaneously. 
  • The lifted hand, the bared head, the earnest accents, with which these words were spoken, gave to this simple utterance of good-will all the solemnity of a benediction or prayer. 
  • Yet pardon me, father, for my rashness, and bestow your benediction! 

(Definition of “benediction” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"benediction" in American English

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benedictionnoun [ C ]

us /ˌben·əˈdɪk·ʃən/

a prayer asking for God’s help and protection

(Definition of “benediction” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)