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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
benediction (noun)
1.
the invocation of a blessing , especially the short blessing with which public worship is concluded
2.
something that promotes goodness or well-being
3.
often capitalized a Roman Catholic or Anglo-Catholic devotion including the exposition of the eucharistic Host in the monstrance and the blessing of the people with it
4.
an expression of good wishes
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
benediction (noun)
1.
a prayer calling for divine care, protection, or favor
SYNONIMS:
benediction, benison
RELATED WORDS:
Godspeed; appeal, entreaty, grace, intercession, invocation, orison, petition, plea, prayer, supplication; sanctification
anathema, curse, execration, imprecation, malediction
benediction (noun)
2.
something that provides happiness or does good for a person or thing
SYNONIMS:
benediction, benefit, boon, felicity, godsend, good, manna, windfall
RELATED WORDS:
grace, mercy; favor, kindness, mitzvah; advantage, aid, assistance, gift, help, relief, support; anodyne, comfort, consolation, solace; bonus, extra, lagniappe; delight, joy, pleasure
NEAR ANTONYMS:
hex, hoodoo, jinx; bother, irritant, nuisance, pest; disadvantage; cross, misery, trial, tribulation
affliction, bane, curse, evil, plague, scourge
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