bless·​ed | \ ˈble-səd How to pronounce blessed (audio) \
variants: or less commonly blest \ ˈblest How to pronounce blest (audio) \

Definition of blessed

1 religion

a : held in reverence : venerated the blessed saints
b : honored in worship : hallowed the blessed Trinity
c : beatific a blessed visitation
2 : of or enjoying happiness specifically, Christianity : enjoying the bliss of heaven used as a title for a beatified person the blessed Virgin Mary
3 : bringing pleasure, contentment, or good fortune a blessed event
4 used as an intensive never had one blessed minute of instruction— Charles Scribner Jr.

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Other Words from blessed

blessedly adverb
blessedness noun

Examples of blessed in a Sentence

The rain brought blessed relief from the heat. He spent his weekend in blessed freedom.

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The German youth like breakdancing and—oh blessed freedom!—skateboarding. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, "Charlize Theron, On Ice," 27 July 2017 Daily proximity to the Blessed Sacrament helps us to overcome the inner disturbance that at times threatens to overwhelm us. Nr Interview, National Review, "Finding Peace with Mary Magdalene," 22 July 2017 The news effectively disrupted sleep, made people feel grateful to be alive in the same era as this blessed family unit, and some users jokingly reported an inability to breathe. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "The Internet Has Officially Lost Its Mind. Beyoncé's Twin Baby Announcement World Takeover Is Here," 14 July 2017 This blessed man has the job of chilling with Trudeau on the daily, and photographer Adam Scotti has been documenting some of his best moments. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "You're Going to Be Obsessed with Justin Trudeau's Super Exhausted Personal Assistant," 5 July 2017 Respectfully, your loving and blessed son, Bill Contact Rochelle Riley at Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Detroit dads share life lessons from their late fathers," 18 June 2017 The new nickname lasted a week before it was ridiculed into blessed oblivion. Charles P. Pierce,, "As progress rounds off Marquette's edges, celebrating a unique program's unlikely success," 26 June 2017 The Baywatch star, 29, Instagrammed a sporty photo of himself and his younger – and equally genetically blessed Alexis Chestnov,, "Zac Efron and His Little Brother Get in Some Bonding Time on L.A. Bike Trip," 26 June 2017 Azeneth Rodriguez wasn’t as blessed as the 12-year-old, who escaped harm. Joe Robertson,, "Remembering a terrified 12-year-old: MADD laments lives lost, cherishes lives saved," 17 June 2017

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First Known Use of blessed

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for blessed

see bless

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The first known use of blessed was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of blessed

: having a sacred nature : connected with God
: very welcome, pleasant, or appreciated
informal + somewhat old-fashioned used to make a statement more forceful


bless·​ed | \ ˈble-səd How to pronounce blessed (audio) , ˈblest\

Kids Definition of blessed

2 : enjoying happiness

Other Words from blessed

blessedness \ ˈble-​səd-​nəs \ noun

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