blessed

[bles-id; especially for 3, 7 blest]
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adjective
  1. consecrated; sacred; holy; sanctified: the Blessed Sacrament.
  2. worthy of adoration, reverence, or worship: the Blessed Trinity.
  3. divinely or supremely favored; fortunate: to be blessed with a strong, healthy body; blessed with an ability to find friends.
  4. blissfully happy or contented.
  5. Roman Catholic Church. beatified.
  6. bringing happiness and thankfulness: the blessed assurance of a steady income.
  7. Informal. damned: I'm blessed if I know.
  8. Informal. (used as an intensifier): every blessed cent.
Also blest.

Origin of blessed

Middle English word dating back to 1125–75; see origin at bless, -ed2
Related formsbless·ed·ly, adverbbless·ed·ness, nounsu·per·blessed, adjectivesu·per·bless·ed·ness, nounwell-blessed, adjective

bless

[bles]
verb (used with object), blessed or blest, bless·ing.
  1. to consecrate or sanctify by a religious rite; make or pronounce holy.
  2. to request of God the bestowal of divine favor on: Bless this house.
  3. to bestow good of any kind upon: a nation blessed with peace.
  4. to extol as holy; glorify: Bless the name of the Lord.
  5. to protect or guard from evil (usually used as an interjection): Bless you! Bless your innocent little heart!
  6. to condemn or curse: I'll be blessed if I can see your reasoning. Bless me if it isn't my old friend!
  7. to make the sign of the cross over or upon: The Pope blessed the multitude.

Origin of bless

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 formsbless·er, nounbless·ing·ly, adverbout·bless, verb (used with object), out·blessed or out·blest, out·bles·sing.pre·bless, verb (used with object)

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blessed

adjective
  1. made holy by religious ceremony; consecrated
  2. worthy of deep reverence or respect
  3. RC Church (of a person) beatified by the pope
  4. characterized by happiness or good fortunea blessed time
  5. bringing great happiness or good fortune
  6. a euphemistic word for damned I'm blessed if I know
noun
  1. the blessed Christianity the dead who are already enjoying heavenly bliss
Derived Formsblessedly, adverbblessedness, noun

bless

verb blesses, blessing, blessed or blest (tr)
  1. to consecrate or render holy, beneficial, or prosperous by means of a religious rite
  2. to give honour or glory to (a person or thing) as divine or holy
  3. to call upon God to protect; give a benediction to
  4. to worship or adore (God); call or hold holy
  5. (often passive) to grant happiness, health, or prosperity tothey were blessed with perfect peace
  6. (usually passive) to endow with a talent, beauty, etcshe was blessed with an even temper
  7. rare to protect against evil or harm
  8. bless! (interjection) an exclamation of well-wishing
  9. bless you! (interjection)
    1. a traditional phrase said to a person who has just sneezed
    2. an exclamation of well-wishing or surprise
  10. bless me!, bless my soul! or God bless my soul! (interjection) an exclamation of surprise
  11. not have a penny to bless oneself with to be desperately poor

Word Origin for bless

Old English blǣdsian to sprinkle with sacrificial blood; related to blōd blood
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Word Origin and History for blessed
adj.

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.

bless

v.

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.

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