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The formal word ‘benediction’ originally referred to a Christian prayer invoking divine help or protection for you or somebody you care about. However, it has since been adapted so that it is now also used in a more general sense to mean any expression of good wishes, or to refer to something that promotes goodness or well-being.
Before Anne went in for surgery, her husband sat with her and bowed his head while making a silent benediction.
I enjoy working in the Middle East. After previously living for so long in a cold climate, the sun here is a pleasant benediction.
“Good luck with the job interview!” My roommate called out to me in benediction as I was about to leave the house.