consecrated; sacred; holy; sanctified:
the Blessed Sacrament.
worthy of adoration, reverence, or worship:
the Blessed Trinity.
divinely or supremely favored; fortunate:
to be blessed with a strong, healthy body; blessed with an ability to find friends.
blissfully happy or contented.
Roman Catholic Church, beatified.
bringing happiness and thankfulness:
the blessed assurance of a steady income.
I’m blessed if I know.
Informal. (used as an intensifier):
every blessed cent.
to consecrate or sanctify by a religious rite; make or pronounce holy.
to request of God the bestowal of divine favor on:
Bless this house.
to bestow good of any kind upon:
a nation blessed with peace.
to extol as holy; glorify:
Bless the name of the Lord.
to protect or guard from evil (usually used as an interjection):
Bless you! Bless your innocent little heart!
to condemn or curse:
I’ll be blessed if I can see your reasoning. Bless me if it isn’t my old friend!
to make the sign of the cross over or upon:
The Pope blessed the multitude.
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made holy by religious ceremony; consecrated
worthy of deep reverence or respect
(RC Church) (of a person) beatified by the pope
characterized by happiness or good fortune: a blessed time
bringing great happiness or good fortune
a euphemistic word for damned I’m blessed if I know
(Christianity) the blessed, the dead who are already enjoying heavenly bliss
verb (transitive) blesses, blessing, blessed, blest
to consecrate or render holy, beneficial, or prosperous by means of a religious rite
to give honour or glory to (a person or thing) as divine or holy
to call upon God to protect; give a benediction to
to worship or adore (God); call or hold holy
(often passive) to grant happiness, health, or prosperity to: they were blessed with perfect peace
(usually passive) to endow with a talent, beauty, etc: she was blessed with an even temper
(rare) to protect against evil or harm
(interjection) bless!, an exclamation of well-wishing
(interjection) bless you!
a traditional phrase said to a person who has just sneezed
an exclamation of well-wishing or surprise
(interjection) bless me!, bless my soul!, God bless my soul!, an exclamation of surprise
not have a penny to bless oneself with, to be desperately poor
the birth of a child. The birth of a baby, as in When is the blessed event expected? This expression combines two senses of blessed, that is, “happy” and “sacred.” Today, however, unless used ironically, it is considered cloyingly sentimental. [ 1920s ]
the consecrated Host. noun (mainly RC Church) the consecrated elements of the Eucharist
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the Virgin Mary. noun (mainly RC Church) another name for Mary2 (sense 1a)