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ADJECTIVE (1)

1. highly favored or fortunate (as e.g. by divine grace);
- Example: "our blessed land"
- Example: "the blessed assurance of a steady income"
[syn: blessed, blest]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bless \Bless\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blessedor Blest; p. pr. & vb. n. Blessing.] [OE. blessien, bletsen, AS. bletsian, bledsian, bloedsian, fr. bl?d blood; prob. originally to consecrate by sprinkling with blood. See Blood.] 1. To make or pronounce holy; to consecrate [1913 Webster] And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it. --Gen. ii. 3. [1913 Webster] 2. To make happy, blithesome, or joyous; to confer prosperity or happiness upon; to grant divine favor to. [1913 Webster] The quality of mercy is . . . twice blest; It blesseth him that gives and him that takes. --Shak. [1913 Webster] It hath pleased thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue forever before thee. --1 Chron. xvii. 27 (R. V. ) [1913 Webster] 3. To express a wish or prayer for the happiness of; to invoke a blessing upon; -- applied to persons. [1913 Webster] Bless them which persecute you. --Rom. xii. 14. [1913 Webster] 4. To invoke or confer beneficial attributes or qualities upon; to invoke or confer a blessing on, -- as on food. [1913 Webster] Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them. --Luke ix. 16. [1913 Webster] 5. To make the sign of the cross upon; to cross (one's self). [Archaic] --Holinshed. [1913 Webster] 6. To guard; to keep; to protect. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 7. To praise, or glorify; to extol for excellences. [1913 Webster] Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. --Ps. ciii. 1. [1913 Webster] 8. To esteem or account happy; to felicitate. [1913 Webster] The nations shall bless themselves in him. --Jer. iv. 3. [1913 Webster] 9. To wave; to brandish. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] And burning blades about their heads do bless. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] Round his armed head his trenchant blade he blest. --Fairfax. [1913 Webster] Note: This is an old sense of the word, supposed by Johnson, Nares, and others, to have been derived from the old rite of blessing a field by directing the hands to all parts of it. "In drawing [their bow] some fetch such a compass as though they would turn about and bless all the field." --Ascham. [1913 Webster] Bless me! Bless us! an exclamation of surprise. --Milton. To bless from, to secure, defend, or preserve from. "Bless me from marrying a usurer." --Shak. [1913 Webster] To bless the doors from nightly harm. --Milton. [1913 Webster] To bless with, To be blessed with, to favor or endow with; to be favored or endowed with; as, God blesses us with health; we are blessed with happiness. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Blest \Blest\, a. Blessed. "This patriarch blest." --Milton. [1913 Webster] White these blest sounds my ravished ear assail. --Trumbull. [1913 Webster]