Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Tending to bless; giving a blessing.
- Expressing desire or wish; precative: a form of optative mood in Sanskrit verbs.
- adj. Of, relating to, or being a benediction or blessing.
- n. linguistics A particular verbal mood in Sanskrit language.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Tending to bless.
- adj. expressing benediction
“She was a modern spiritual adventurer who had escaped unscathed from all the anathemas of the old theology; and she abounded, like St. Francis, in her sense of the new dispensation and in her benedictive exuberance towards all the creatures of God, including not merely sun, moon, and stars and her sister the lamb but also her brother the wolf.”
“It is only in moments of contemplation like this, when our wretched individuality is lost in the benedictive influences of nature, that true happiness is found.”
“Or was it the benedictive and essentially Christian creed which he preached that disengaged the weight from every soul, allowing each to breathe an easier and sweeter breath?”
“Happy sensation of daylight; a flower-like afternoon; little children paddling; the world is behind them; they are as flowers, and are conscious only of the benedictive influences of sand and sea and sky.”
“In his wake the clamour which had risen in the other apartments swept into the Hall of Beatifications with the violence of delirious love; and, under his slender, white, benedictive hand, all those distracted creatures fell upon both knees, nought remaining but the prostration of a devout multitude, overwhelmed, as it were, by the apparition of its god.”
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