Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The canticle or hymn beginning in Latin “Benedicite omnia opera Domini,” and in English “O all ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord,” taken from “The Song of the Three Holy Children” forming part of the Apocrypha in the English Bible. It is essentially an expansion of Psalm cxlviii., and has been used from a very early period in the Christian church. In the Anglican service it is used as an alternate to the Te Deum.
- n. A musical setting of this canticle.
- n. [lowercase] An invocation of a blessing, especially a blessing before a repast, as said in religious communities, etc., answering to the grace or thanksgiving after it.
- n. Used interjectionally: Bless you! expressing a wish.
- n. Bless us! bless me! expressing surprise.
- interj. obsolete bless you
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A canticle (the Latin version of which begins with this word) which may be used in the order for morning prayer in the Church of England. It is taken from an apocryphal addition to the third chapter of Daniel.
- interj. An exclamation corresponding to
“Page 26 the venerable Pontifex Maximus, for whom I have ever since felt the highest respect, had his driver stop, and, leaning out of the window, bestowed the "benedicite" (if correct in Church nomenclature), and moved on.”
“So saying, he dismissed Roland Graeme, through a different door from that by which he had entered, signed a cross, and pronounced a benedicite as they parted, and then, still muttering to himself, retired into the garden, and locked the door on the inside.”
“The wandering pilgrim, or the begging friar, answered his reverent greeting with a paternal benedicite”
“Thou hast in thee nor agility nor benedicite nor thinkest thou of aught save meat and sleep.”
“Come, my friends, let us have peace, and say our benedicite.”
“He heard the supper gong sounding: he knew his way to the door well enough; he entered the familiar hall with a benedicite, and without any more words took his place.”
“Prior Aymer, therefore, and his character, were well known to our Saxon serfs, who made their rude obeisance, and received his “benedicite, mes filz,” in return.”
“The Capuchin had taken the same precaution, and followed Peregrine into the room, pronouncing benedicite, and crossing himself with many marks of astonishment.”
“Ah, benedicite! how he will mourn over the fall of such a pearl of knighthood, be it on the side he happens to favour, or on the other.”
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