Meaning of benedictory in English:


Pronunciation /ˌbɛnɪˈdɪkt(ə)ri/


  • Relating to the giving of a blessing.

    ‘Our thanks, yet again, to Shirley for arranging another highly successful outing, and to Richard for rounding off the day with such a benedictory and appropriate poetry recital.’
    • ‘The householders do aarathi to the actors personating Narasimha, Bhoodevi and Prahlada, followed by benedictory verses.’
    • ‘He signed off with a benedictory song on his favourite harmonium gifted to him in 1966 by the Don Bosco School, Broadway.’
    • ‘Moreover, the language was changed in LBW from a benedictory bestowal formula to an epicletic prayer formula as in Baptism where the Spirit's gifts are also named: ‘the spirit of wisdom and understanding…’.’


Late 18th century from Latin benedictorius, from benedicere ‘wish well’ (see benediction).