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[bles-ing] /ˈblɛs ɪŋ/
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.
before 900; Middle English blessinge, -unge, Old English bletsung, bledsung. See bless, -ing1
2. advantage, boon, gain, profit, bounty. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for blessings
  • 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.
  • In any case, count your blessings and plan to move on, wiser and better.
  • To traffic in a cosmic economy of blessings and curses is to revert to an ancient prejudice.
  • Maybe it's time for some cognitive reframing and counting your blessings.
  • Ex-employees count your blessings for being far away from this school, corporation, whatever.
  • They brought blessings of progress to all inhabitants of the country.
  • The blessings of a bong: a single gorgeous meal after weeks of chemotherapy and nausea.
British Dictionary definitions for blessings


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
(Judaism) Also called brachah, brocho
  1. a short prayer prescribed for a specific occasion and beginning "Blessed art thou, O Lord…"
  2. a section of the liturgy including a similar formula
approval; good wishes her father gave his blessing to the marriage
the bestowal of a divine gift or favour
a happy event or state of affairs a blessing in disguise
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Word Origin and History for blessings
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with blessings
In addition to the idiom beginning with
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