Definition of blessed in US English:



  • 1Made holy; consecrated.

    • ‘May all Am Yisrael be blessed in the merit of the great deeds you are doing.’
    • ‘Even the birthday of the Holy Prophet, which was the most happy day for the whole mankind, was never celebrated by the Holy Prophet himself, nor by his blessed companions.’
    • ‘Then the blessed Holy Spirit himself, and He, alone, will dominate, motivate, and control your life.’
    • ‘It is a blessed place for our worship, but worship is addressed to God alone.’
    • ‘Let us look next at the sinless life of the blessed Son of God.’
    • ‘All the families of the earth will be blessed because of Abraham's Seed, the Lord Jesus Christ.’
    • ‘Upon hearing that I wanted to know more about Islam and to possibly convert, Mohamad invited me to a men's group where they talked about the Qur'an and the blessed prophet.’
    • ‘Almighty God, from the moment of our creation, we were blessed to be your chosen servants.’
    • ‘Gradually the call to preach ‘the glorious gospel of the blessed God, the gospel of the good news to lost sinners’, had been developing in Richard.’
    • ‘Surely, it immediately seems ironic they should want to marry, when it is a religious ceremony, being blessed under God.’
    • ‘His death is the divine judgment on me and my sins which he, the blessed Lamb of God, took instead of me.’
    • ‘It is an example that has connotations of sacredness associated with the blessed tree.’
    • ‘A study of the seven-fold occurrence of ‘I am’ in John's Gospel will underline the deity of our blessed Lord.’
    • ‘Another priceless advantage is that a large section of the community is thus enabled to devote itself to nightly worship in the blessed month of Ramadhân.’
    • ‘Through you, O blessed one, worthy mediator, may we complete the sacrifice!’
    • ‘Is this the marriage that is blessed or the marriage that is on the brink of destruction?’
    • ‘Such imitation in itself is a sin; performing it in a blessed night like the Night of Bara'ah makes it worse.’
    • ‘During the service they prayed for God's blessings on their work and had their hands anointed with blessed oil.’
    • ‘Those who wash their robes are blessed and may enter the holy city via the gates; but ‘outside’ are the polluted and polluting.’
    • ‘Amid all the shrines, the libations and the blessed food, it was time to take my leave from the Venkateswara Temple in Helensburgh, New South Wales.’
    holy, hallowed, blest, consecrated, sanctified, dedicated, venerated, revered
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    1. 1.1 A title preceding the name of a dead person considered to have led a holy life, especially a person formally beatified by the Roman Catholic Church.
      ‘the Convent of the Blessed Agnes’
      • ‘One example of this truth is Blessed Damien de Vesteur.’
      • ‘The saintly qualities of Fr. Solanus compare with those of Blessed Mother Teresa, according to Fr. Benedict Groeschel.’
      • ‘Mahatma Gandhi and blessed Mother Teresa, great Indians of the last century, greatly contributed to build solidarity and freedom among Indian people.’
      holy, sacred, hallowed, consecrated, sanctified, divine, dedicated, venerated, revered, ordained, canonized, beatified
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    2. 1.2 Used respectfully in reference to a dead person.
      ‘a gracious lady of blessed memory’
      • ‘My father, Murray Lustig, of blessed memory, was ordained as a rabbi at Yeshiva University.’
      • ‘That was the great line I was thinking of the other day, from Star Trek of blessed memory, of course.’
      • ‘As heard from Rabbi Leib Kelemen, based on an essay by Rabbi Yerucham Levovitz, of blessed memory.’
      • ‘But Rabbi Shimon Schwab, of blessed memory, offered a simple yet penetrating insight.’
      • ‘May the Almighty give us the wisdom to act globally as a community, in Chezi's blessed memory, to stop the slaughter of G-d's holy children.’
      • ‘In fact, Waldroup sounds a just little like Bernard Kerik, of blessed memory, doesn't he?’
      • ‘In the spring, eight months after the first High Holiday walk to my new shul, Lois's mom, of blessed memory, succumbed to a long illness.’
      • ‘I was married to the late Malam Usman Ismiana of blessed memory, who worked with the Kuwaiti embassy in Sudan for nine years before he died.’
      • ‘Rabbi Carmy quotes my dear friend and colleague Rabbi Walter Wurzburger, of blessed memory.’
      • ‘We can learn this from the saintly Rabbi Aryeh Levine of Jerusalem, of blessed memory.’
      • ‘I trust that Mother Teresa of blessed memory will forgive poor dear Nihil for fumbling her name.’
      • ‘AT 5 feet 11 inches and 18 stones, Bruce Douglas was one of Bill McLaren's solid citizens of blessed memory.’
      • ‘My grandmother, of blessed memory, had saved her album and gave it to Abie when he reached maturity.’
      • ‘There followed a long reminiscence of his lost love, and how she had landed this and that fish of blessed memory.’
      • ‘There was an altercation involving Claudio Reyna, the American Ranger of blessed memory now plying his trade on Wearside.’
      • ‘My first husband, Danny, of blessed memory, is a victim.’
      • ‘After 17 years immersed in Eastern religions, I attended a lecture by Rabbi Dovid Din, of blessed memory.’
      • ‘This theme was perfectly explained by another scientist of blessed memory, Arieh Kaplan, in many of his works.’
    3. 1.3 Endowed with divine favor and protection.
      ‘blessed are the meek’
      ‘he felt blessed, fortunate to be in her company’
      • ‘The Miles Davis rhythm section were busy men and Pepper was blessed to have such stellar players available for the one day, because the final product is excellent.’
      • ‘We, religious people, are blessed in many ways because much is provided just in the name of following Jesus.’
      • ‘I, for one, am grateful - grateful that we have an army to safeguard our borders, and grateful that we are blessed to have so many heroes among us.’
      • ‘My sister is eight years younger than me, and did not have the Jewish education I was blessed to have had.’
      • ‘I've also been blessed to be part of a church that nurtures faithful stewards.’
      • ‘I cannot think of another artist whose canvases convey so clearly quite what a blessed existence the painter believes he leads.’
      • ‘Though we know we shall die, we are blessed to be ignorant of when or how we shall die.’
      • ‘Our church communities are blessed by the rich diversity of people that God has created as the body of Christ.’
      • ‘She didn't want to be reminded of how blessed her Father's marriage was.’
      • ‘Steve led an exciting, blessed life among famous people, all of whom held him in the highest regard.’
      • ‘But I need to read more about how this concept can serve people who are in danger and are truly deprived of the basics which I am blessed to have.’
      • ‘We are blessed at Harvard in not having some imported windbag sound off to us in the Commencement exercises in the morning.’
      • ‘Fortunately, I was blessed to become a part of the great humanistic conversation at Princeton University.’
      • ‘As I said, we are blessed in ways but hardship in other ways, so.’
      • ‘We at CHAD were truly blessed to have had her in our lives, she was truly an inspiration to us.’
      • ‘I was infinitely blessed to get it all, but that leaves me in my present predicament - yamless, on my toes, spinning as fast as I possibly can.’
      • ‘Those men who are absorbed in devotion for Vishnu are blessed in the world.’
      • ‘The good news for Gators fans is that the team is blessed at line-backer, with stalwarts such as Byron Hardmon, Mike Nattiel and Matt Farrior.’
      • ‘Regardless of these differences: I pray you will be blessed in your practise.’
      • ‘May you be eternally blessed as a member of our people.’
      favoured, fortunate, lucky, privileged, select, happy, joyful, joyous, blissful, glad, enviable
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    4. 1.4the Blessedas plural noun Those who live with God in heaven.
    5. 1.5 Bringing pleasure or relief as a welcome contrast to what one has previously experienced.
      ‘he half stumbled out of the room up to his bed and blessed, blessed sleep’
      • ‘Yesterday's encounter came as a blessed relief from the build-up in which the football had got lost in a circuitous and ultimately futile debate on what is to be done about sectarianism in our society.’
      • ‘Some people say they can't sleep for tinnitus; others find sleep a blessed relief.’
      • ‘If the bookies are correct, the blessed relief is that this time Britain's premier sportsperson will actually have the success… and a personality worth celebrating.’
      • ‘Sometimes sitting on the porch, summer breeze wafting through, lazy sunshine bringing blessed sleep, the scent of perfume finds me.’
      • ‘Death has brought blessed respite for my Alzheimer's-ridden father.’
      • ‘She ripped the top of the fuselage open like the lid of a sardine can, releasing the hot, foul smoke and flooding the half-dead survivors with blessed relief.’
      • ‘From our position in the press box it was difficult to adjudicate on the matter but to the blessed relief of the Kildare camp the decision went their way and the only whistle sounding was the final blast.’
      • ‘Let him sleep, that blessed sweet oblivion, a brief and welcome peace from the worry about the crops.’
      • ‘Modernity requires constant and unceasing upheaval, and its absence does not bring blessed peace, but withering and death.’
      • ‘The final three and a bit furlongs are all down a gentle careering slope which is surely a blessed relief for any horse to encounter after the first two-thirds of the Derby course… well, it was for me.’
      • ‘Normally, after two or three hours, I feel a little slip inside and a sense of blessed relief as I realise that the stuck thing has gone down and that equilibrium has been restored.’
      • ‘Then there came a moment, I believe it was in the dead of night, and in the blessed stillness I found solace.’
      • ‘Bran nearly screamed again when the door flew upon, but the blessed light calmed her slightly before strong arms wrapped protectively around her.’
      • ‘In Kilmarnock, he finally seems to have found an ideal partnership, which will be a blessed relief for a man who has had more bad football relationships than a Page 3 model.’
      • ‘Yet strangely, I'm still finding this a hard emotion to deal with - especially when I remember that this time last week the only thing I was expecting was blessed relief.’
      • ‘Country Medicine is easily McCann's best work to date and has led, inevitably, to less of that blessed obscurity.’
      • ‘I'd like to, I really would, but then I'd have to take a Brillo pad to my eyes to scour the sight from them and bring blessed relief.’
      • ‘More often than not in my life, the onset of colder weather brought blessed relief for me.’
      • ‘There was the blessed relief of the run-through shower set up in a bus station half way round; the water bottles snatched up on the run and, above all, the spectators.’
      • ‘It brings blessed days of winter release for faculty - time to repossess college towns or neighborhoods from the traffic and crowding of students.’
  • 2informal Used in mild expressions of annoyance or exasperation.

    ‘there wasn't a blessed thing anybody could have done’
    • ‘There was not a blessed thing I would change except the stop in Laughlin/Bullhead City.’
    • ‘My poor dog just kept looking at them and barking her blessed head off.’
    • ‘Here at the launch site they were just a few dozen engineers and laborers in the deep wilderness, every blessed thing brought in piece by piece on balsa wood rafts.’
    • ‘And there's not a blessed thing wrong with that.’
    • ‘My father is in a hospital in Florida out of his mind on pain-killers while awaiting surgery and there's not a blessed thing I can do except wait for the phone to ring.’
    blasted, damn, flaming, precious, confounded, pestilential, rotten, wretched
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