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blessed Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb give a benediction to
    • The dying man blessed his son
  2. verb confer prosperity or happiness on
  3. verb make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate
    bless; sign.
  4. verb render holy by means of religious rites
    bless; consecrate; hallow; sanctify.
  5. adjective highly favored or fortunate (as e.g. by divine grace)
    • our blessed land
    • the blessed assurance of a steady income
  6. adjective satellite worthy of worship
    • the Blessed Trinity
  7. adjective satellite expletives used informally as intensifiers
    darned; goddamned; goddam; goddamn; blamed; blame; infernal; damn; deuced; damned; blasted.
    • he's a blasted idiot
    • it's a blamed shame
    • a blame cold winter
    • not a blessed dime
    • I'll be damned (or blessed or darned or goddamned) if I'll do any such thing
    • he's a damn (or goddam or goddamned) fool
    • a deuced idiot
    • an infernal nuisance
  8. adjective satellite Roman Catholic; proclaimed one of the blessed and thus worthy of veneration
  9. adjective satellite enjoying the bliss of heaven
  10. adjective satellite characterized by happiness and good fortune
    • a blessed time

Bless"ed adjective
  1. Hallowed; consecrated; worthy of blessing or adoration; heavenly; holy.
    O, run; prevent them with thy humble ode, And lay it lowly at his blessed feet. Milton.
  2. Enjoying happiness or bliss; favored with blessings; happy; highly favored.
    All generations shall call me blessed. Luke i. 48.
    Towards England's blessed shore. Shak.
  3. Imparting happiness or bliss; fraught with happiness; blissful; joyful. "Then was a blessed time." "So blessed a disposition." Shak.
  4. Enjoying, or pertaining to, spiritual happiness, or heavenly felicity; as, the blessed in heaven.
    Reverenced like a blessed saint. Shak.
    Cast out from God and blessed vision. Milton.
  5. (R. C. Ch.) Beatified.
  6. Used euphemistically, ironically, or intensively.
    Not a blessed man came to set her [a boat] free. R. D. Blackmore.

Webster 1913