Ben`e*dic"tion (&?;), n. [L.
benedictio: cf. F. bénédiction. See
Benison.] 1. The act of blessing.
2. A blessing; an expression of blessing, prayer,
or kind wishes in favor of any person or thing; a solemn or affectionate
invocation of happiness.
So saying, he arose; whom Adam thus
Followed with benediction.
Homeward serenely she walked with God's benediction
Specifically: The short prayer which closes public worship; as, to
give the benediction.
3. (Eccl.) The form of instituting an abbot,
answering to the consecration of a bishop. Ayliffe.
4. (R. C. Ch.) A solemn rite by which bells,
banners, candles, etc., are blessed with holy water, and formally dedicated