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benediction

ben·e·dic·tion

benediction

pronunciation:
be n dIk shn
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a blessing, esp. the one pronounced over the congregation by the clergyman at the end of a religious service.
synonyms:
blessing
similar words:
orison, prayer
definition 2: (usu. cap.) a service of the Roman Catholic Church, made up of prayers, hymnsinging, and a blessing.
synonyms:
service
similar words:
blessing, ceremony, mass, orison, prayer, ritual
derivations: benedictive (adj.), benedictory (adj.)
Word Parts
The word benediction contains the following parts:
ben, bene, bon Latin root that means good, well
synonyms:
eu
antonyms:
mal, male