One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1usually in singular A thing that is helpful or beneficial.‘the route will be a boon to many travellers’
blessing, godsend, bonus, good thing, benefit, help, aid, advantage, gain, asset, privilege, luxuryView synonyms
- ‘As a side benefit I am sure the bridge will also be a boon to fishermen and will be lined every night with salmon poachers slinging their hooks into the racing tide.’
- ‘Economists and policymakers have generally applauded the growth of borrowing as a boon to the economy and a blessing for average Americans.’
- ‘Knowing these people helps to understand why alcohol is such a boon to the lost and the lonely.’
- ‘But the causeway has been a boon to naturalists.’
- ‘They are a boon to the participating countries as the benefits of more trade, investment and employment enhance their respective economies.’
- ‘The path is strewn with hardships but also some boons.’
- ‘These days, the main signs of the region's mixed heritage are peaceful, and many are positive boons to the traveler.’
- ‘Yet, amazingly, instead of being hailed as a boon to public safety… it was criticized as a threat to privacy.’
- ‘There are boons, too, but they are going to take a long time to realize.’
- ‘The evolution of sophisticated chargeback programs has been a boon to facility and real estate executives.’
- ‘It is also a boon to those farmers who are, in effect, protected from competition.’
- ‘I'm sure it would be a boon to small clubs like ours who are struggling to make ends meet.’
- ‘The success of others is your boon not your bane.’
- ‘But a falling dollar is a boon to investors who own foreign stocks and value them in dollars - as international funds do.’
- ‘Increases in average human life spans that we are privileged to witness must count as one of the great boons of the 20th century.’
- ‘Such technological ‘advances’ typically do nothing to help farmers, while providing a boon to the manufacturers and marketers of the technologies.’
- ‘Homeschoolers and public schools are, in many ways, boons to one another.’
- ‘Liberalisation came as a boon to the commodity trading, which is gradually gaining ground in the market circles.’
- ‘The therapy may cut recovery time by one third or even one half - a boon to any athlete looking to salvage the season.’
- ‘High oil prices a boon to energy-producing regions’
2archaic A favour or request.
- ‘One night, as Charumathi slept, Goddess Mahalakshmi appeared in her dreams and asked her to perform a puja to Varalakshmi, the goddess who granted boons.’
- ‘The statue of the goddess in the sanctum was small and was heavily garlanded with bells and gold borders - offerings made to the goddess for boons granted.’
- ‘He has long been deafened by amplified hymns in his temple, leaving no scope for boons and prayers.’
- ‘Aberdeen stood up ‘I have one request, a boon, to ask of you.’’
- ‘Return to his father in earth and the meaning of the sacrificial fire were the first two boons granted without hesitation.’
Middle English (originally in the sense ‘request for a favour’): from Old Norse bón.
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