[bles-id; especially for 3, 7 blest]
- 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
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- having been generously endowed with a talent, beauty, etc
- 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
Word Origin and History for well-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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper