Today's "benediction" has a perfect opposite: "___diction," meaning a curse, or a nasty thing said about someone.
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A benediction is a prayer or the action of saying a prayer. It can also be a kind wish for someone else's success or happiness, or the action of expressing a wish like this.
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Part of speech:
(Countable nouns, like "bottle," "piece," and "decision," are words for things that can be broken into exact units. You talk about "a bottle," "three pieces," and "many decisions."
Likewise, talk about one benediction or multiple benedictions.)
"Benedictions" is the plural.
You've got 3 choices for the adjective: "benedictional," "benedictive," and "benedictory."
How to use it:
This word has a serious yet positive tone.
To be literal, talk about giving the benediction or delivering a benediction.
But you could just say "prayer" instead of "benediction" in those cases, so we'll focus on figurative use: talk about an outpouring of support and benedictions, offering a sincere benediction to someone or for someone, interpreting a song or a natural phenomenon (like a ray of light or a rainbow) as a benediction, and so on.
Charleston can be unbearably hot, but on the day of my sister's wedding, cool breezes blew, and the sun shone gently like a benediction.
The new "love" button on Facebook posts is a tiny benediction, an unobtrusive little transfer of warmth from one person to another.
study it now:
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "benediction" means when you can explain it without saying "well wishes" or "prayers."
try it out:
Think of a particular happy occasion in your family or circle of friends, such as a birth, a wedding, a graduation, or a birthday celebration, and fill in the blanks: "We offered sincere benedictions to (Person,) hoping (he/she) would _____."
Example: "We offered sincere benedictions to the new parents, hoping they would eventually remember all the joy of these first few weeks and none of the stress."
before you review:
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don’t go straight to the review now—let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
We're playing with clichés this month, examining the origins of some colorful ones. I’ll give you a cliché (some of which you might also call a proverb and/or an idiom) and pose a multiple-choice question about its origin. (I used this nifty book as a reference!)
Yesterday's question: An “embarrassment of riches” is an overabundance of a good thing. Was it Russia, Saudi Arabia, or France that gave us this cliché?
Answer: France. We picked it up from some French plays from the 1700s.
Try this one today: When you “hold something at bay,” you prevent the problem from becoming worse. Which kind of “bay” does this cliché refer to: a bay-tree, a place where water and land meet, or the barking of dogs?
A Point Well Made:
Abraham Lincoln: “There has never been but one question in all civilization--how to keep a few men from saying to many men: You work and earn bread and we will eat it.”
review today's word:
1. One opposite of BENEDICTION is
2. The words of the poem seem to _____ benedictions ___ the reader.
A. rain .. on B. hide .. from
C. pelt .. at
Answers are below.
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