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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. the act of praying for divine protection;
[syn: blessing, benediction]

2. a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection;
[syn: benediction, blessing]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Benediction \Ben`e*dic"tion\, n. [L. benedictio: cf. F. b['e]n['e]diction. See Benison.] 1. The act of blessing. [1913 Webster] 2. A blessing; an expression of blessing, prayer, or kind wishes in favor of any person or thing; a solemn or affectionate invocation of happiness. [1913 Webster] So saying, he arose; whom Adam thus Followed with benediction. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Homeward serenely she walked with God's benediction upon her. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster] Specifically: The short prayer which closes public worship; as, to give the benediction. [1913 Webster] 3. (Eccl.) The form of instituting an abbot, answering to the consecration of a bishop. --Ayliffe. [1913 Webster] 4. (R. C. Ch.) A solemn rite by which bells, banners, candles, etc., are blessed with holy water, and formally dedicated to God. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

benediction n 1: the act of praying for divine protection [syn: blessing, benediction] 2: a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection [syn: benediction, blessing]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

25 Moby Thesaurus words for "benediction": OK, acknowledgment, advantage, approval, benedicite, benefit, benison, blessing, boon, cognizance, credit, crediting, favor, godsend, grace, hymn, invocation, paean, praise, prayer of thanks, recognition, thank offering, thank-you, thanks, thanksgiving