Origin of blessing
Synonyms for blessing
verb (used with object), blessed or blest, bless·ing.
Origin of bless
Synonyms for bless
Related Words for blessingdedication, grace, backing, consent, permission, gift, miracle, asset, boon, kindness, commendation, thanksgiving, consecration, thanks, invocation, benediction, absolution, benison, okay, support
Examples from the Web for blessing
Contemporary Examples of blessing
And it gave Baghdadi the opportunity to praise his new minions, blessing them as his official representatives.Murder Vids Help ISIS Lure More Monsters
November 16, 2014
Maybe, then, the Hathahate phenomenon is a blessing in disguise.Do We Still Hate Anne Hathaway?
November 5, 2014
Scott says he last spoke to his predecessor a few days ago, although he never explicitly gave his blessing.Democratic Africa Gets Its First White Leader
October 29, 2014
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
October 17, 2014
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
October 15, 2014
Historical Examples of blessing
I think this blessing comes from the Divine, by reason of the innocence of his life.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
"It is a blessing that any of it is disposed of while you are not here," said Aunt Jane.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Andy accepted the house as a blessing and went straight toward it.Way of the Lawless
The day which his Maker intended as a blessing, man has converted into a curse.Sunday under Three Heads
In this dedication of a Nation we humbly ask the blessing of God.
- a short prayer prescribed for a specific occasion and beginning "Blessed art thou, O Lord…"
- a section of the liturgy including a similar formula
verb blesses, blessing, blessed or blest (tr)
- a traditional phrase said to a person who has just sneezed
- an exclamation of well-wishing or surprise
Word Origin for bless
Old English bletsunga, bledsunge; see bless. Meaning "gift from God" is from mid-14c. In sense of "religious invocation before a meal" it is recorded from 1738. Phrase blessing in disguise is recorded from 1746.
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with blessing
- blessing in disguise
- give thanks for small blessings
- mixed blessing