[bles-id; especially for 3, 7 blest]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for blessedness

nirvana, beatitude

Examples from the Web for blessedness

Historical Examples of blessedness

British Dictionary definitions for blessedness



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
Derived Formsblessedly, adverbblessedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for blessedness



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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