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  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or in the form of a benediction
  • adj. Giving thanks

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Expressing wishes for good.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Blessing; expressing a benediction or wishes for good: as, “a benedictory prayer,”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. expressing benediction


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  • It's the kind of benedictory statement one would expect at the end of a director's career, but Kurosawa's 1952 drama preceded his massive international success

    Nashville Scene

  • We've also included introductory and benedictory comments from the Rev. Otis Moss, Trinity UCC's new minister who took over for longtime pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, earlier this spring.

    Cathleen Falsani: Give Context A Chance

  • After about twenty seconds he returned to his students and raised his hands in a benedictory gesture.

    Final Theory

  • We leave them performing this sweet benedictory service.

    The Virginians

  • Mr. Johnson stood, hat in hand, during the whole time of his conversation with Dr. Gilbert; who made many flattering and benedictory remarks to Mr. Richardson, declaring that he was the supporter of virtue, the preacher of sound morals, the mainstay of religion, of all which points the honest printer himself was perfectly convinced.

    The Virginians

  • Does the Right Reverend Prelate who did the benedictory business for Barnes and Clara his wife repent in secret?

    The Newcomes

  • Charlotte tripped downstairs and took her bonnet from her, and Bertie came to relieve her from her shawl, and the signora smiled on her as she could smile when she chose to be gracious, and the old doctor shook hands with her in a kind benedictory manner that went to her heart at once and made her feel that he must be a good man.

    Barchester Towers

  • "It isn't often we're receiving visitors ... much less from Rome," Sister Katherine Dominica said with a benedictory smile that made Rosetti distrust her.

    Cradle and All

  • "Be not of faint heart, Ben, " Jim said, laying his hand in a benedictory fashion on the dolphineer's salt-encrusted curls.

    The Chronicles of Pern

  • "Be not of faint heart, Ben," Jim said, laying his hand in a benedictory fashion on the dolphineer's salt-encrusted curls.

    Chronicles of Pern, First Fall


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