The young lord of Padua in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Though his
antagonist, the wry Beatrice, dubs him "the prince's jester" during their "merry war,"
Benedick is actually a quick-witted skeptic of romantic love whose final surrender to
marriage unmasks his irony.

Ben"e*dict (?), Ben"e*dick (?), n. [From Benedick, one of the characters in Shakespeare's play of "Much Ado about Nothing."]

A married man, or a man newly married.


© Webster 1913.

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