- 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.
Origin of blessed
- 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.
Origin of bless
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Examples from the Web for blessed
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.Cop Families Boo De Blasio at NYPD Graduation
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All Cohen needed to do was add “of blessed memory” after each political casualty was mentioned.Southern Dems Won’t Rise Again
December 5, 2014
I realized that every day we are blessed with so much and I wanted to give back in some way.Blessed or Cursed? Child Prodigies Reveal All
November 17, 2014
I had come to terms with death then, and I feel so blessed every day that I am still alive.As 30-Year Anniversary of Mass Killings in India Arrives, Sikhs Find Safety in USA
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October 31, 2014
The zoo is blessed with multiple wallabies and was happy to oblige.Ebola's Roots Are 50 Times Older Than Mankind. And That Could Be the Key to Stopping It.
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"Oh, blessed be the sound of your voice," replied the peasant.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
How ungrateful to that God, who blessed them with such talents!Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
But for her it was a blessed release, and we can only be thankful.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
She'll be here this blessed day as I'm speakin' to you, miss!Weighed and Wanting
The blessed Savior was persecuted in his very infancy and had to be hid by his parents.Biography of a Slave
- 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 fortunea blessed time
- bringing great happiness or good fortune
- a euphemistic word for damned I'm blessed if I know
- the blessed Christianity the dead who are already enjoying heavenly bliss
- 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 tothey were blessed with perfect peace
- (usually passive) to endow with a talent, beauty, etcshe was blessed with an even temper
- rare to protect against evil or harm
- bless! (interjection) an exclamation of well-wishing
- bless you! (interjection)
- a traditional phrase said to a person who has just sneezed
- an exclamation of well-wishing or surprise
- bless me!, bless my soul! or God bless my soul! (interjection) an exclamation of surprise
- not have a penny to bless oneself with to be desperately poor
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.