the act or words of a person who blesses.
a special favor, mercy, or benefit: the blessings of liberty.
a favor or gift bestowed by God, thereby bringing happiness.
the invoking of God's favor upon a person: The son was denied his father's blessing.
praise; devotion; worship, especially grace said before a meal: The children took turns reciting the blessing.
approval or good wishes: The proposed law had the blessing of the governor.
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How to use blessing in a sentence
Anu gave me his blessing to use today’s examples from his page, and even said he’d tell about this contest to his regular contributors.
I really think he would be a great father and that if I got pregnant by "accident," he would recognize what a blessing it was.Carolyn Hax: Planning an ‘accidental’ pregnancy? Try intentional soul-searching. | Carolyn Hax | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
For media companies, that scale can be a blessing and a curse.Smart TVs have become the new front in the connected TV platform battle | Tim Peterson | February 8, 2021 | Digiday
When I saw that the company introduced matching PANTS this year, I immediately wrote to my editor and begged for her blessing to review them.
A kindness you can offer in return is your blessing for him to remain connected to them — in ways that minimize the emotional cost to you.Carolyn Hax: Her sister-in-law has the starring role in a mean group chat | Carolyn Hax | January 31, 2021 | Washington Post
And it gave Baghdadi the opportunity to praise his new minions, blessing them as his official representatives.
Maybe, then, the Hathahate phenomenon is a blessing in disguise.
Scott says he last spoke to his predecessor a few days ago, although he never explicitly gave his blessing.
In Citizens United the Court gave its blessing to corporations having a significant political role in elections.The Supreme Court Is Weighing Corporate Power Yet Again | Zephyr Teachout | October 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She ended up praying with me and giving me her blessing to portray her Dad.David Oyelowo on Playing Martin Luther King Jr., Ebola Fears, and Race in Hollywood | Marlow Stern | October 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Seen thus poverty became rather a blessing than a curse, or at least a dispensation prescribing the proper lot of man.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
To know, to love, and to be loved by such a man as Burne-Jones was a supreme blessing in his life.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II | Rudyard Kipling
Jacob cheated his brother out of the parental blessing, and lied about God, and lied to his father to accomplish his end.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
His last words when he bade me farewell, and gave me his blessing were, to remember always to think twice before I spoke once.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
It has more than verified all predictions as to its usefulness, and has proved a blessing to north-west Donegal.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
British Dictionary definitions for blessing
the act of invoking divine protection or aid
the words or ceremony used for this
a short prayer of thanksgiving before or after a meal; grace
Also called: brachah, brocho Judaism
a short prayer prescribed for a specific occasion and beginning "Blessed art thou, O Lord…"
a section of the liturgy including a similar formula
approval; good wishes: her father gave his blessing to the marriage
the bestowal of a divine gift or favour
a happy event or state of affairs: a blessing in disguise
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with blessing
In addition to the idiom beginning with blessing
- blessing in disguise
- give thanks for small blessings
- mixed blessing
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