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[bles-id; especially for 3, 7 blest] /ˈblɛs ɪd; especially for 3, 7 blɛst/
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.
Informal. damned:
I'm blessed if I know.
Informal. (used as an intensifier):
every blessed cent.
Also, blest.
Origin of blessed
1125-75; Middle English; see bless, -ed2
Related forms
blessedly, adverb
blessedness, noun
superblessed, adjective
superblessedness, noun
well-blessed, adjective


[bles] /blɛs/
verb (used with object), blessed or blest, blessing.
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.
before 950; Middle English blessen, Old English blētsian, blēdsian to consecrate, orig. with blood, earlier *blōdisōian (blōd blood + -isō- derivational suffix + -ian v. suffix)
Related forms
blesser, noun
blessingly, adverb
outbless, verb (used with object), outblessed or outblest, outblessing.
prebless, verb (used with object)
1. exalt, hallow, glorify, magnify, beatify. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for blessed
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  • What do we teach about the blessed Virgin more wonderful than this?

  • Shall he alone, whom rational we call, Be pleased with nothing, if not blessed with all?

    Essay on Man Alexander Pope
  • Would that she had done other grace to the blessed Immortals!

    The Homeric Hymns Andrew Lang
  • In her there was no weak wonder that Providence had blessed her as she felt she was blessed.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • But the most blessed thing of all was my interview with Marie.

    Marie H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for blessed


/ˈblɛsɪd; blɛst/
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
Derived Forms
blessedly, adverb
blessedness, noun


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!
  1. a traditional phrase said to a person who has just sneezed
  2. 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
Word Origin
Old English blǣdsian to sprinkle with sacrificial blood; related to blōdblood
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Word Origin and History for blessed

late 12c., "supremely happy," also "consecrated" (c.1200), past participle adjective from bless (v.). Reversed or ironic sense of "cursed, damned" is recorded from 1806. Related: Blessedly; blessedness.



Old English bletsian, bledsian, Northumbrian bloedsian "to consecrate, make holy, give thanks," from Proto-Germanic *blodison "hallow with blood, mark with blood," from *blotham "blood" (see blood).

Originally a blood sprinkling on pagan altars. This word was chosen in Old English bibles to translate Latin benedicere and Greek eulogein, both of which have a ground sense of "to speak well of, to praise," but were used in Scripture to translate Hebrew brk "to bend (the knee), worship, praise, invoke blessings." Meaning shifted in late Old English toward "pronounce or make happy," by resemblance to unrelated bliss. No cognates in other languages. Related: Blessed; blessing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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blessed in the Bible

(1.) God blesses his people when he bestows on them some gift temporal or spiritual (Gen. 1:22; 24:35; Job 42:12; Ps. 45:2; 104:24, 35). (2.) We bless God when we thank him for his mercies (Ps. 103:1, 2; 145:1, 2). (3.) A man blesses himself when he invokes God's blessing (Isa. 65:16), or rejoices in God's goodness to him (Deut. 29:19; Ps. 49:18). (4.) One blesses another when he expresses good wishes or offers prayer to God for his welfare (Gen. 24:60; 31:55; 1 Sam. 2:20). Sometimes blessings were uttered under divine inspiration, as in the case of Noah, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses (Gen. 9:26, 27; 27:28, 29, 40; 48:15-20; 49:1-28; Deut. 33). The priests were divinely authorized to bless the people (Deut. 10:8; Num. 6:22-27). We have many examples of apostolic benediction (2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 6:23, 24; 2 Thess. 3:16, 18; Heb. 13:20, 21; 1 Pet. 5:10, 11). (5.) Among the Jews in their thank-offerings the master of the feast took a cup of wine in his hand, and after having blessed God for it and for other mercies then enjoyed, handed it to his guests, who all partook of it. Ps. 116:13 refers to this custom. It is also alluded to in 1 Cor. 10:16, where the apostle speaks of the "cup of blessing."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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