- blessed sacrament,
- blessed trinity,
- blessed virgin,
- blessig's cysts,
- blessing in disguise,
- bletchley park
Origin of blessing
verb (used with object), blessed or blest, bless·ing.
Origin of bless
Examples from the Web for blessing
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|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|DAILY BEAST
The cloud of blessing floats over our heads, but we fail to stretch forth the electric rod of prayer to fetch it down!The Hart and the Water-Brooks;|John R. Macduff
I feel assured that the rule of the British has proved a blessing to the people of India.Mark Seaworth|William H.G. Kingston
Both the young and the old Houtouktou sent us a scarf of blessing, with a good provision of butter and quarters of mutton.Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China|Evariste Regis Huc
All those tribes, in going into battle, invoked his aid and blessing upon their arms.The Funny Side of Physic|A. D. Crabtre
We would think it a blessing to our kirk to see you here; but our sins withhold good things from us.Letters of Samuel Rutherford|Samuel Rutherford
- 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