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Below you will find the definition of benediction, followed by 47 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - the act of praying for divine protection
EXAMPLES - Benediction in a Sentence
- Valley of Berachah "(" benediction "), now Wady Bereikut. (source)
- This feast may be considered as a kind of benediction of arms. (source)
- Her voice was low; it was a kind of benediction the old man was giving her. (source)
- Freely $ of whom what could he lefs expe6l Than glory 'and benediction, that is thanks. (source)
- _ 123, "As she was wont"). ~benison~, blessing: radically the same as 'benediction' (Lat. (source)
- Every phrase in our benediction is a value, a direction, and each week we reorient ourselves. (source)
- The benediction was a continuation of the sermon and a closing prayer, all in a single sentence. (source)
- Then the Maulvee reads the following prayer or benediction, which is called Dooar  prayer: -- (source)
- At the rooftop bar, she offers a kind of benediction: We're all in transition, but that's not bad. (source)
- The scholarly element is a kind of benediction on human rapaciousness, it purifies it and elevates it. (source)
- The apostolic benediction is pronounced more especially and particularly to the seven Asian churches, v. 4. (source)
- Msgr. Marini explains that it is "a solemn benediction which is not connected to a particular liturgical rite." (source)
- He raised his staff to me in a kind of benediction, and smiled, as if he knew some secret that only we two shared. (source)
- The Prelate declared he would refuse his benediction were the Duchess not accorded her fitting place in the ceremony. (source)
- The apostolical benediction is the same as usual: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. (source)
- Just as that other wood had been a plague spot of evil, so here was a kind of benediction, as if this had been a source of good. (source)
- She had forgiven him, and to show that she bore no malice had spoken a kind of benediction -- a prayer that all might be well with him. (source)
- The closing benediction is more extensive than the former; for in this he prays for all true believers at Ephesus, and every where else. (source)
- The last five syllables were sung as a staccato chant, defying the world, and when they ended, as a kind of benediction to General Gurza, (source)
- Some have observed that whereas in all the epistles to the churches the apostolical benediction is grace and peace, in these two epistles to (source)
- "May the Lord bless you, my sweet child," said the doctor, lifting one hand painfully and laying it in benediction on her fair and graceful head. (source)
- Her mind coming thus into brief contact with higher and truer things, she rises in the concluding verse to a kind of benediction on this beneficent (source)
- In the Sermon on the Mount the benediction is pronounced upon the "poor in spirit" and those who "hunger and thirst after righteousness" (Mt 5: 3, 6). (source)
- His very passing in the street was a kind of benediction; the people, as they looked after him, spoke of him to each other with affectionate reverence. (source)
- The Vatican official said the Holy See didn't want to be viewed as giving a "benediction" to Mr. Berlusconi's political positions and his personal life. (source)
- His very passing in the street was a kind of benediction, and the people, as they looked after him, spoke of him to each other with affectionate veneration. (source)
- We have here an apostolic benediction on those who should give a due regard to this divine revelation; and this benediction is given more generally and more especially. (source)
- In 2 Cor.xiii. 14 the apostle's benediction is full: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all, Amen. (source)
- Around, above and between the symbols, the symposia, the ringing of the bell, the procession of be-robed dignitaries and the benediction was the fun part, at least for me. (source)
- The form of the benediction, which is shortly afterwards related, more fully confirms what I have alluded to, that the grace of God towards both is commended, in order that (source)
- Now, however, since the benediction which is promised in the seed, contains the hope of salvation, it may seem to follow that eternal life is given in return for good works. (source)
- Now, the particular form of benediction which is here related, was probably in common use, because nature dictates that the propagation of offspring is the special end of marriage. (source)
- The yellow Spring sun, like liquid honey, fell in benediction on the leafless trees, big with buds, and on the tawny mat of grass through which the blue noses of anemones were sticking. (source)
- 'O Edgar!' exclaimed Camilla, stopping the reading, and putting her hand, as in benediction, upon the paper, 'do you deign to talk of disappointment? do you condescend to intimate you are unhappy? (source)
- Mrs. Bullock, a suburban medium, who had become entranced, had located herself in a bower, and beckoned people from the audience to receive her "benediction," which was given in a remarkable dialect. (source)
- The salutation or apostolical benediction, which is the same as in his former epistle; and therein the apostle desires the two great and comprehensive blessings, grace and peace, for those Corinthians. (source)
- When the benediction is given each night, the press area starts to clear pretty quickly, but a good 90% of delegates stand for the prayer and at least half of them bow their heads and give a hearty "Amen!" at the end. (source)
- "I am not well yet," said Macko, kissing the abbot's hand, "but I came to bow to you, my benefactor; to thank you for your care of Bogdaniec, and to beg you for a benediction, which is most necessary for a sinful man." (source)
- What we are to know we are to know in order that we may do, and so inherit the benediction, which is never bestowed upon them that know, but upon them that, knowing these things, are blessed _in_, as well as _for_, the doing of them. (source)
- There was a laundry basket on the couch, and I was folding more sheets, matching corners, my arms spread in a kind of benediction, so I did not immediately see his face, and when I did I couldn't at first believe it, couldn't take it in. (source)
- So saying he raised his hand as in a kind of benediction, passed to the door, and after tapping very softly, opened it, entered, and closed it behind him-not so quickly, however, but that the woman caught a glimpse of the father and the boy. (source)
- To close the program, Justice Jackson delivered a "benediction" speech that included a now-famous line: "if I were to write a prescription for becoming the perfect district judge, it would be always to quote Learned and always to follow Gus." (source)
- Mr Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, cited the case of a federal judge ordering pupils not to use the word "benediction" in their high school graduation because it supposedly violated the constitutional separation of church and state. (source)
- "benediction" unannounced and articulately unexpressed, the Apostles and their successors would, according to Christ's example and mandate, have been obliged to consecrate in this mute manner also, a consequence which is altogether at variance with the deposit of faith. (source)
- a blessing of the married pair while the eucharistic benediction which is headed "Velatio nuptialis" is in effect a consecration of the bride alone to the estate of marriage, a point of view which vividly recalls the Roman conception of matrimony as the veiling of the woman for the special behoof of her husband. (source)
- The neophyte, beneath the extraordinary hypnotism of the "saint," felt the dirty fingers upon her brow, as, in a strange jargon of religious phrases and open blasphemy, he pronounced a kind of benediction upon her, adjuring her carefully to preserve the secrets of the sect "from your own mother and father, sister, brother, husband and child." (source)
- But what impressed him most was something he had not seen before, and in his memoirs, from which I am drawing for this account, he referred to this as a kind of benediction for his departure from Salamanca: 'Mere were before us constantly as we rode a breed of swallows who dipped and swerved across our path as if with their wings they were bidding us Godspeed.' (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 47 example sentences provided below is 54.0, which suggests that "benediction" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 19 synonyms for benediction.
amen, approbation, approval, beatitude, benedictus, benison, blessing, consecration, favor, grace, gratitude, invocation, laying on of hands, okay, orison, praise, sanctification, thanks, thanksgiving
We have 7 antonyms for benediction.
anathema, condemnation, criticism, disapproval, disfavor, execration, refusal
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of benediction from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) A blessing.
- (noun) An invocation of divine blessing, usually at the end of a church service.
- (noun) Roman Catholic Church A short service consisting of prayers, the singing of a Eucharistic hymn, and the blessing of the congregation with the host.
- (noun) An expression of good wishes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A short invocation for divine help, blessing and guidance, usually after a church worship service.
- (noun) The form of instituting an abbot, analogous to the consecration of a bishop.
- (noun) A Roman Catholic rite by which bells, banners, candles, etc., are blessed with holy water and formally dedicated to God.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) The act of blessing.
- (noun) A blessing; an expression of blessing, prayer, or kind wishes in favor of any person or thing; a solemn or affectionate invocation of happiness.
- (noun) The short prayer which closes public worship.
- (noun) The form of instituting an abbot, answering to the consecration of a bishop.
- (noun) A solemn rite by which bells, banners, candles, etc., are blessed with holy water, and formally dedicated to God.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) The act of speaking well to or of; blessing.
- (noun) An invocation of divine blessing, either by a private individual or a church official; specifically, in the Christian church generally, the form of blessing pronounced by the person officiating, at the close of divine service and on several other occasions, as marriages, the visitation of the sick, etc.
- (noun) When the benediction is pronounced officially by a priest or clergyman, he usually stands with hands uplifted, and the congregation receive it with bowed heads. Illustrations of ancient benedictions are afforded by Gen. xxiv. 60 (a nuptial blessing); Gen. xxvii. 27–29 (a death-bed blessing); Num. vi. 24–27 (a priestly blessing). The apostolic benediction is that proceeding from the pope, and is either given personally, as at Rome, or by delegation in other parts of the world. See blessing.
- (noun) The rite of instituting an abbot or an abbess, and of receiving the profession of a nun or of a religious knight.
- (noun) An additional ceremony performed by a priest after the regular celebration of matrimony: called the nuptial benediction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) the act of praying for divine protection
- (noun) a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection