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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Thanksgiving \Thanks"giv`ing\, n.
     1. The act of rending thanks, or expressing gratitude for
        favors or mercies.
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              Every creature of God is good, and nothing to be


              refused, if it be received with thanksgiving. --1
                                                    Tim. iv. 4.
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              In the thanksgiving before meat.      --Shak.
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              And taught by thee the Church prolongs
              Her hymns of high thanksgiving still. --Keble.
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     2. A public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness;
        also, a day set apart for religious services, specially to
        acknowledge the goodness of God, either in any remarkable
        deliverance from calamities or danger, or in the ordinary
        dispensation of his bounties.
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     Note: In the United States it is now customary for the
           President by proclamation to appoint annually a day
           (usually the last Thursday in November) of thanksgiving
           and praise to God for the mercies of the past year.
           This is an extension of the custom long prevailing in
           several States in which an annual Thanksgiving day has
           been appointed by proclamation of the governor.
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From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

  Thanksgiving
       n 1: fourth Thursday in November in the United States; second
            Monday in October in Canada; commemorates a feast held
            in 1621 by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag [syn: {Thanksgiving
            Day}]
       2: a short prayer of thanks before a meal [syn: {grace}, {blessing}]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thes]:

  51 Moby Thesaurus words for "thanksgiving":
     Angelus, Ave, Ave Maria, Hail Mary, Kyrie Eleison, Paternoster,
     acknowledgment, aid prayer, appeal, beadroll, beads, benediction,
     beseechment, bidding prayer, blessing, breviary, chaplet,
     cognizance, collect, communion, contemplation, credit, crediting,
     devotions, entreaty, grace, hymn, impetration, imploration,
     intercession, invocation, litany, meditation, obsecration,
     obtestation, orison, paean, petition, praise, prayer,
     prayer of thanks, prayer wheel, recognition, rogation, rosary,
     silent prayer, suit, supplication, thank offering, thank-you,
     thanks
  
  

















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