blessing

[bles-ing]
noun
1.
the act or words of a person who blesses.
2.
a special favor, mercy, or benefit: the blessings of liberty.
3.
a favor or gift bestowed by God, thereby bringing happiness.
4.
the invoking of God's favor upon a person: The son was denied his father's blessing.
5.
praise; devotion; worship, especially grace said before a meal: The children took turns reciting the blessing.
6.
approval or good wishes: The proposed law had the blessing of the governor.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English blessinge, -unge, Old English bletsung, bledsung. See bless, -ing1


2. advantage, boon, gain, profit, bounty.
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blessing (ˈblɛsɪŋ)
 
n
1.  the act of invoking divine protection or aid
2.  the words or ceremony used for this
3.  a short prayer of thanksgiving before or after a meal; grace
4.  Judaism brachah, Also called: brocho
 a.  a short prayer prescribed for a specific occasion and beginning "Blessed art thou, O Lord…"
 b.  a section of the liturgy including a similar formula
5.  approval; good wishes: her father gave his blessing to the marriage
6.  the bestowal of a divine gift or favour
7.  a happy event or state of affairs: a blessing in disguise

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blessing
O.E. 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.
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Example sentences
Some specialized services, however, proved to be mixed blessings.
For those of you who take care of their elderly parents, you deserve the
  highest of respect and blessings.
But consider how much funding is available for a study of, say, counting your
  blessings every night vs not.
We must encourage with blessings those who try since it is our future.
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