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 Benedick.Benedictines (4 syl.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Benedict.
 
A bachelor, not necessarily one pledged to celibacy, but simply a man of marriageable age, not married. St. Benedict was a most uncompromising stickler for celibacy.   1
        “Is it not a pun? There is an old saying, ‘Needles and pins; when a man marries his trouble begins.’ If so, the unmarried man is benedictus.”—Life in the West.
 


 Benedick.Benedictines (4 syl.). 

 
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