- 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.
Origin of blessing
SynonymsSee more synonyms for blessing on Thesaurus.com
- to consecrate or sanctify by a religious rite; make or pronounce holy.
- to request of God the bestowal of divine favor on: Bless this house.
- to bestow good of any kind upon: a nation blessed with peace.
- to extol as holy; glorify: Bless the name of the Lord.
- to protect or guard from evil (usually used as an interjection): Bless you! Bless your innocent little heart!
- to condemn or curse: I'll be blessed if I can see your reasoning. Bless me if it isn't my old friend!
- to make the sign of the cross over or upon: The Pope blessed the multitude.
Origin of bless
SynonymsSee more synonyms for bless on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for 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
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.
- 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 wishesher father gave his blessing to the marriage
- the bestowal of a divine gift or favour
- a happy event or state of affairsa blessing in disguise
- to consecrate or render holy, beneficial, or prosperous by means of a religious rite
- to give honour or glory to (a person or thing) as divine or holy
- to call upon God to protect; give a benediction to
- to worship or adore (God); call or hold holy
- (often passive) to grant happiness, health, or prosperity tothey were blessed with perfect peace
- (usually passive) to endow with a talent, beauty, etcshe was blessed with an even temper
- rare to protect against evil or harm
- bless! (interjection) an exclamation of well-wishing
- bless you! (interjection)
- a traditional phrase said to a person who has just sneezed
- an exclamation of well-wishing or surprise
- bless me!, bless my soul! or God bless my soul! (interjection) an exclamation of surprise
- not have a penny to bless oneself with to be desperately poor
Word Origin and History for blessing
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.
Idioms and Phrases with blessing
In addition to the idiom beginning with blessing
- blessing in disguise
- give thanks for small blessings
- mixed blessing