Definition of intercession in English:

intercession

noun

  • 1The action of intervening on behalf of another.

    ‘through the intercession of friends, I was able to obtain her a sinecure’
    • ‘It goes with the territory and I don't seek a particular intercession on his behalf in relation to criticism.’
    • ‘They are entitled to expect the intervention and, if necessary, intercession of their local councillor to vindicate their rights.’
    • ‘With peer intercession, colleagues of the same status level in the organization are chosen from that nurse's department or another unit.’
    • ‘Ayyoub, however, eventually managed to join the theatre institute thanks to the timely intercession of an enlightened, artistic uncle who wrote poetry and published several collections.’
    • ‘It equips them to communicate, to criticise, to escape, or to interpret scripture, all without the intercession of the master-class.’
    • ‘It was only after the intercession of Margaret Atwood and David Suzuki (among others) that finally, a place was found for Mathews at SFU in the Department of Canadian Studies.’
    • ‘Many different stories circulated as to how this came about, the most famous involving the intercession of a certain ‘Lady Hope’.’
    • ‘Abduh was finally allowed back in Egypt in 1889, reportedly with Lord Cromer's intercession.’
    • ‘The a la carte option is opposed by the U.S. cable industry and would require government intercession.’
    • ‘To a certain extent that paves the way for the European Union to occupy the vacuum, but so far its attempts at intercession have cut little ice.’
    • ‘But while Mandelson's intercession may have guaranteed Prescott the interim support of Brown, it inevitably increased the momentum against him.’
    • ‘In 1958, thanks to Charlton Heston's intercession, he was allowed to write and direct Touch of Evil.’
    • ‘‘The Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in Libya can only partially hope for the intercession of foreign leaders visiting Tripoli,’ the article said.’
    • ‘Besides Monferrato and parts of western Lombardy he received - through the intercession of the British negotiators - Sicily and the title of king that it conferred.’
    • ‘This call may or may not have had anything to do with an intercession Haughey may or may not have made to the IRA when Dunne was kidnapped for ransom.’
    • ‘Returned home he relates the incident, and only through his mother's intercession escapes a thrashing from his honest father, for telling a lie.’
    mediation, intermediation, negotiation, arbitration, conciliation, intervention, interposition, involvement, action
    pleading, petition, entreaty, supplication, good offices, agency, shuttle diplomacy
    mediatorship
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    1. 1.1The action of saying a prayer on behalf of another person.
      ‘prayers of intercession’
      • ‘People are still being cured through his intercession in ways that cannot be explained by medicine or science.’
      • ‘He dies on the spot for his crime, but all see his soul ascend to heaven thanks to Brendan's intercession.’
      • ‘People ask about the varieties of prayer: petition, thanksgiving, praise, and intercession.’
      • ‘We should resolve to maintain prayer as a priority, cultivating a spirit of intercession, praying over all we do.’
      • ‘Had Moses' intercession brought bread from heaven and water from the rock?’
      • ‘Every day I come across those who get on with the work that God has put them on earth to do without fussing, those who encourage, those who edify, those who live a life of intercession.’
      • ‘She had already received last rights but was healed after prayers of intercession for her healing.’
      • ‘The Calcutta archdiocese has sent the Vatican information on a supposedly miraculous cure through the intercession of Mother Teresa.’
      • ‘If your gift is intercession or healing, she could sure use your charism right now.’
      • ‘The intercession of a thousand journalists is heard as Vatican officials clarify earlier comments and insist the Pope is no closer to the Next Life than he was 24 hours ago.’
      • ‘If the Vatican then confirms a miracle has occurred after John Paul's death thanks to his intercession, he can be beatified.’
      • ‘It's entirely through St. Anne's intercession and God's protection that this house is standing and that I am still alive.’
      • ‘On the periphery of my consciousness I could make out rows of weeping women throwing money and sprinkling rosewater at the tomb, while they made wishes, begged intercession for sick children, or just prayed.’
      • ‘Because of the doctrine of purgatory, the dead remained closely tied to the community of the living, linked by bonds of prayer and intercession.’
      • ‘The wedding feast at Cana teaches us the importance of intercession.’
      • ‘With his power and intercession, even when he seems distant, he is ready to help us carry our burdens.’
      • ‘Prayers and Masses sent her way (especially by any of you folk with a particular charism of intercession and healing) would be greatly appreciated!’
      • ‘Who knows how many wounded hearts will be healed through our intercession?’
      • ‘By this simple gesture I no longer belong to myself but am consecrated for the specific mission of being a woman of prayer and intercession for the Church.’
      • ‘After we have prayed for ourselves, let's get into intercession for others!’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin intercessio(n-), from the verb intercedere (see intercede).

Pronunciation:

intercession

/ˌin(t)ərˈseSHən/