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blessing Explained

blessing at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:

['blesıŋ]

blessing at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n
1 [C] something that you have or something that happens which is good because it improves your life, helps you in some way, or makes you happy: --The dishwasher has been a real blessing!// it is a blessing (that) // --It's a blessing no-one was badly hurt.//
2 [U] someone's approval or encouragement for a plan, activity, idea etc: with sb's blessing// --They were determined to marry, with or without their parents' blessing.// --The Defense Department has given its blessing to the scheme.//
3 a mixed blessing: a situation that has both good and bad parts// --Having children so early in their marriage was a mixed blessing.//
4 a blessing in disguise: something that seems to be bad or unlucky at first, but which you later realize is good or lucky//
5 count your blessings: used to tell someone to remember how lucky they are, especially when they are complaining about something//
6 [U and C] protection and help from God, or words spoken to ask for this: --The priest gave the blessing.//

blessing at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

136 Moby Thesaurus words for "blessing":
Godspeed, OK, acceptance, accord, acquiescence, act of grace,
act of kindness, adherence, admiration, advantage, affirmation,
affirmative, affirmative voice, agreement, approbation, approval,
assent, asset, avail, aye, beatification, beatitude, behalf,
behoof, benedicite, benediction, benefaction, benefit, benevolence,
benignity, benison, best wishes, blessedness, boon, bounty, break,
canonization, compliance, compliment, congratulation, connivance,
consecration, consent, countenance, courtesy, dedication, devotion,
eagerness, endorsement, enshrinement, esteem, exaltation, favor,
favorable vote, felicitation, felicity, fluke, fortunateness,
fortune, gain, gift, glorification, godsend, good, good deed,
good fortune, good luck, good offices, good turn, good wishes,
grace, gratulation, hallowing, happy fortune, help, interest,
invocation, justification, justification by works, kind deed,
kind offices, kindly act, kindness, labor of love,
loaves and fishes, luck, luckiness, lucky break, lucky strike,
manna, manna from heaven, mercy, mitzvah, nod, obligation, office,
okay, permission, prayer, profit, promptitude, promptness,
purification, ratification, readiness, respect, run of luck,
sainthood, sainting, sanctification, sanction, seal of approval,
service, setting apart, smiles of fortune, stamp of approval,
state of grace, streak of luck, stroke of luck, submission, thanks,
thanksgiving, the breaks, turn, ungrudgingness, unloathness,
unreluctance, valediction, voice, vote, welfare, well-being,
willingness, world of good, yea, yea vote

Blessing at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Bless \Bless\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blessed}or {Blest}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Blessing}.] [OE. blessien, bletsen, AS. bletsian,
bledsian, bloedsian, fr. bl?d blood; prob. originally to
consecrate by sprinkling with blood. See {Blood}.]
1. To make or pronounce holy; to consecrate

And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it.
--Gen. ii. 3.

2. To make happy, blithesome, or joyous; to confer prosperity
or happiness upon; to grant divine favor to.

The quality of mercy is . . . twice blest; It
blesseth him that gives and him that takes. --Shak.

It hath pleased thee to bless the house of thy
servant, that it may continue forever before thee.
--1 Chron.
xvii. 27 (R.
V. )

3. To express a wish or prayer for the happiness of; to
invoke a blessing upon; -- applied to persons.

Bless them which persecute you. --Rom. xii.
14.

4. To invoke or confer beneficial attributes or qualities
upon; to invoke or confer a blessing on, -- as on food.

Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and
looking up to heaven, he blessed them. --Luke ix.
16.

5. To make the sign of the cross upon; to cross (one's self).
[Archaic] --Holinshed.

6. To guard; to keep; to protect. [Obs.]

7. To praise, or glorify; to extol for excellences.

Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within
me, bless his holy name. --Ps. ciii. 1.

8. To esteem or account happy; to felicitate.

The nations shall bless themselves in him. --Jer.
iv. 3.

9. To wave; to brandish. [Obs.]

And burning blades about their heads do bless.
--Spenser.

Round his armed head his trenchant blade he blest.
--Fairfax.

Note: This is an old sense of the word, supposed by Johnson,
Nares, and others, to have been derived from the old
rite of blessing a field by directing the hands to all
parts of it. ``In drawing [their bow] some fetch such a
compass as though they would turn about and bless all
the field.'' --Ascham.

Blessing \Bless"ing\, n. [AS. bletsung. See {Bless}, v. t.]
1. The act of one who blesses.

2. A declaration of divine favor, or an invocation imploring
divine favor on some or something; a benediction; a wish
of happiness pronounces.

This is the blessing, where with Moses the man of
God blessed the children of Israel. --Deut.
xxxiii. 1.

3. A means of happiness; that which promotes prosperity and
welfare; a beneficent gift.

Nature's full blessings would be well dispensed.
--Milton.

4. (Bib.) A gift. [A Hebraism] --Gen. xxxiii. 11.

5. Grateful praise or worship.

blessing at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

blessing
n 1: the formal act of giving approval; "he gave the project his
blessing"; "his decision merited the approval of any
sensible person" [syn: {approval}, {approving}] [ant: {disapproval}]
2: a desirable state; "enjoy the blessings of peace"; "a
spanking breeze is a boon to sailors" [syn: {boon}]
3: a short prayer of thanks before a meal [syn: {grace}, {thanksgiving}]
4: a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection [syn: {benediction}]
5: the act of praying for divine protection [syn: {benediction}]

blessing at English (WD) Of Explained:

==English==

Etymology

From Inter: etyl » ang|en Inter: term » bletsung|lang=ang

Pronunciation

* Inter: IPA » /ˈbles.ɪŋ/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /"bles.IN/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-blessing.ogg|Audio (US)

  • Inter: rhymes » ɛsɪŋ

    Noun

    Inter: rf » c

  • Inter: en-nou » n
  • some kind of divine or supernatural aid, or reward.
    1. a pronouncement invoking divine aid.
    2. good fortune.
    3. Inter: context » paganism a modern pagan ceremony.
    4. the act of declaring or bestowing favor; approval.
    5. : We will not proceed without the executive directors blessing.''
    6. a thing one is glad of
    7. a prayer before a meal; grace
    8. a group of unicorns.
    9. 2008, Betsy Schiffman, Time To Trash the Intellectual Property System, Says Report, wired.com
    10. : And since we’re laying out our wishes, we’d also like a blessing of unicorns and one million dollars.

      Antonyms

      * curse

      Derived terms

      Inter: rel-top3 » Terms derived from blessing

  • blessing in disguise

  • Inter: rel-mid » 3
    • count one's blessings


    Inter: rel-mid » 3
  • mixed blessing

  • Inter: rel-botto » m

    Translations

    Inter: trans-top » divine or supernatural aid or reward
    • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|بركة|f|tr=báraka, Inter: t- » ar|نعمة|f|tr=ná3ma
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|благословия|f
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|祝福|tr=zhùfú|sc=Hani
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|požehnání|n
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|zegen|f
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|siunaus
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|bénédiction|f, Inter: t+ » fr|grâce|f
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Segen|m, Inter: t- » de|Segnung|f
    • Hebrew: Inter: t+ » he|ברכה|f|tr=brakha
    • Hindi: Inter: t- » hi|आशीर्वाद|tr=āśīrvād|sc=Deva
    • Irish: Inter: t- » ga|beannacht|f


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|benedizione
  • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|祝福|tr=しゅくふく, shukufuku
  • Jèrriais: Inter: tø » roa-jer|bénédiction|f
  • Polish: błogosławieństwo {{n}}
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|bênção|f
  • Romanian: Inter: t+ » ro|binecuvântare|f, Inter: t+ » ro|benedicțiune|f
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|благословение|n|tr=blagoslovénije, Inter: t+ » ru|милость|f|tr=mílost'
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|beannachd|f
  • Serbo-Croatian: Inter: t- » sh|blagoslov|m|alt=blȁgoslōv
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|bendición|f
  • Swahili: Inter: t+ » sw|baraka
  • Urdu: Inter: t- » ur|آشیرواد|tr=āśīrvād|sc=ur-Arab

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » pronouncement invoking divine aid
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|благословия|f
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|požehnání|n, Inter: t- » cs|žehnání|n
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|zegening|f
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|siunaus
    • German: Inter: t- » de|Segnen


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Irish: Inter: t- » ga|beannacht|f
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|benedizione
  • Polish: błogosławieństwo {{n}}
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|благословение|n|tr=blagoslovénije
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|beannachd|f
  • Serbo-Croatian: Inter: t- » sh|blagoslov|m|alt=blȁgoslōv

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » good fortune
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|благодат|m
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|požehnání|n
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|zegen|f
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|onni, Inter: t+ » fi|tuuri


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Segen|m, Inter: t- » de|Segnung|f
  • Polish: błogosławieństwo {{n}}
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|beannachd|f
  • Serbo-Croatian: Inter: t- » sh|blagoslov|m|alt=blȁgoslōv
  • Swahili: Inter: t+ » sw|baraka

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » (paganism) modern pagan ceremony
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|zegening|f


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|beannachd|f

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » act of declaring, seeking or bestowing favor
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|siunaus
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|bénédiction|f
    • German: Inter: t- » de|Segnen|n, Inter: t- » de|Segnung|f
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|ευλογία|f|tr=evlogía|sc=Grek
    • Jèrriais: Inter: tø » roa-jer|bénédiction|f
    • Kurdish:
    • : Sorani: Inter: t+ » ku|خێر|tr=xêr|sc=ku-Arab


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Polish: błogosławieństwo {{n}}
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|благословение|n|tr=blagoslovénije, Inter: t+ » ru|молитва|f|tr=molítva
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|beannachd|f
  • Serbo-Croatian: Inter: t- » sh|blagoslov|m|alt=blȁgoslōv
  • Swahili: Inter: t+ » sw|baraka

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » thing one is glad of
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|ilonaihe
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|bénédiction|f
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Segen|m


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Jèrriais: Inter: tø » roa-jer|bénédiction|f
  • Polish: błogosławieństwo {{n}}
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|beannachd|f

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-see » prayer before a meal|grace
    Inter: trans-top » group of unicorns
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|troupeau|m, Inter: t+ » fr|harde|f, Inter: t+ » fr|horde|f, Inter: t+ » fr|groupe|m


    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Inter: ttbc » eo: beno
    • Inter: ttbc » he: ברכה (brakha) f
    • Inter: ttbc » id: berkah, berkat
    • Inter: ttbc » ml: അനുഗ്രഹം (anugraham)


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Inter: ttbc » ro: binecuvântare {{f}}
  • Inter: ttbc » te: వరము (varamu), దీవెన (deevena)

  • Inter: trans-botto » m

    Anagrams

    * glibness
    Translation: bg » blessing
    Translation: et » blessing
    Translation: el » blessing
    Translation: es » blessing
    Translation: fr » blessing
    Translation: gl » blessing
    Translation: ko » blessing
    Translation: io » blessing
    Translation: id » blessing
    Translation: it » blessing
    Translation: kn » blessing
    Translation: sw » blessing
    Translation: ku » blessing
    Translation: li » blessing
    Translation: hu » blessing
    Translation: mg » blessing
    Translation: ml » blessing
    Translation: nl » blessing
    Translation: pl » blessing
    Translation: ro » blessing
    Translation: ru » blessing
    Translation: sm » blessing
    Category: simple:blessing -
    Translation: fi » blessing
    Translation: sv » blessing
    Translation: ta » blessing
    Translation: te » blessing
    Translation: vi » blessing
    Translation: zh » blessing