Blessing



the act or words of a person who blesses.
a special favor, mercy, or benefit:
the blessings of liberty.
a favor or gift bestowed by God, thereby bringing happiness.
the invoking of God’s favor upon a person:
The son was denied his father’s blessing.
praise; devotion; worship, especially grace said before a meal:
The children took turns reciting the blessing.
approval or good wishes:
The proposed law had the blessing of the governor.
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.
Contemporary Examples

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Historical Examples

Talks To Farmers Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Way of the Lawless Max Brand
The Devil’s Elixir E. T. A. Hoffmann
Riders to the Sea J. M. Synge
A Walk from London to John O’Groat’s Elihu Burritt

noun
the act of invoking divine protection or aid
the words or ceremony used for this
a short prayer of thanksgiving before or after a meal; grace
(Judaism) Also called brachah, brocho

a short prayer prescribed for a specific occasion and beginning “Blessed art thou, O Lord…”
a section of the liturgy including a similar formula

approval; good wishes: her father gave his blessing to the marriage
the bestowal of a divine gift or favour
a happy event or state of affairs: a blessing in disguise
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
n.
v.

In addition to the idiom beginning with
blessing

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