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blessing Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the formal act of approving
    approval; approving.
    • he gave the project his blessing
    • his decision merited the approval of any sensible person
  2. noun a desirable state
    • enjoy the blessings of peace
    • a spanking breeze is a boon to sailors
  3. noun a short prayer of thanks before a meal
    grace; thanksgiving.
    • their youngest son said grace
  4. noun a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection
  5. noun the act of praying for divine protection
  6. verb give a benediction to
    • The dying man blessed his son
  7. verb confer prosperity or happiness on
  8. verb make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate
    bless; sign.
  9. verb render holy by means of religious rites
    bless; consecrate; hallow; sanctify.

Bless"ing noun
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.

Webster 1913

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