Benedicite

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Benedicite 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 Benedicite An exclamation corresponding to Bless you !.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n benedicite 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 benedicite A musical setting of this canticle.
    • n benedicite [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 benedicite Used interjectionally: Bless you! expressing a wish.
    • n benedicite Bless us! bless me! expressing surprise.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Benedicite ben-ē-dis′i-te the canticle beginning 'Benedicite omnia opera Domini' ('O all ye works of the Lord'), from the Apocryphal Song of the Three Holy Children—in the Anglican morning service an alternate to the Te Deum: the blessing before a repast.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., (imperative pl.,) bless ye, praise ye

Usage

In literature:

And Stephen actually came too, murmuring that it would be the Benedicite, which he had never minded.
"The Longest Journey" by E. M. Forster
There was a real benedicite in the air.
"Carnac's Folly, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
You, Benedicite, get to Grandchamp as soon as possible.
"The Companions of Jehu" by Alexandre Dumas, père
But, Benedicite, what is to be done next?
"The Fair Maid of Perth" by Sir Walter Scott
John d'Estivet, surnamed 'Benedicite,' canon of Beauvais and Bayeux, was another of Cauchon's creatures.
"Joan of Arc" by Ronald Sutherland Gower
Benedicite: An invocation of blessing.
"The Vision of Sir Launfal" by James Russell Lowell
Unless God gives the benedicite.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
There are certain hymns appointed for use on Sundays, canticles from the Old and New Testament, the Te Deum, Benedicite, and Quicunque Vult.
"Bell's Cathedrals: A Short Account of Romsey Abbey" by Thomas Perkins
Farewell, my coat, and benedicite!
"The Gypsies" by Charles G. Leland
He made use of the ordinary formula in asking permission to speak, 'Benedicite.
"En Route" by J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
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In poetry:

Best for worst shall make amends,
Find us, keep us, leave us friends
Till, perchance, we meet again.
Benedicite.--Amen!
"Programme" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
PRIOR.
Benedicite!
Our bird makes merry his dull bars with song,
Yet would not penitential psalms accord
More fitly with your sin than minstrels' lays?
"The Dance To Death. Act II" by Emma Lazarus
The God of Love—"ah, benedicite!"
How mighty and how great a Lord is he!
For he of low hearts can make high, of high
He can make low, and unto death bring nigh;
And hard-hearts he can make them kind and free.
"From The Cuckoo And The Nightingale" by William Wordsworth