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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.
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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
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Examples from the Web for blessedness

Historical Examples

  • Hers was the blessedness of those who have "not seen, and yet have believed."

    Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II

    Francis Augustus Cox

  • I nestled as close to him as I could go, and wept for blessedness.

  • Where could a place be found to compare for blessedness with Mr Elder's school?

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • Why should I be blessed—here and now at least—according to my notions of blessedness?

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.


British Dictionary definitions for blessedness

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
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noun
  1. the blessed Christianity the dead who are already enjoying heavenly bliss
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Derived Formsblessedly, adverbblessedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for blessedness

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.

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