Definitions for: Blessing


[n] the act of praying for divine protection
[n] the formal act of giving approval; "he gave the project his blessing"; "his decision merited the approval of any sensible person"
[n] a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection
[n] a short prayer of thanks before a meal
[n] a desirable state; "enjoy the blessings of peace"; "a spanking breeze is a boon to sailors"



Webster (1913) Definition: Bless"ing, n. [AS. bletsung. See Bless, v. t.]
1. The act of one who blesses.

2. A declaration of divine favor, or an invocation imploring
divine favor on some or something; a benediction; a wish
of happiness pronounces.

This is the blessing, where with Moses the man of
God blessed the children of Israel. --Deut.
xxxiii. 1.

3. A means of happiness; that which promotes prosperity and
welfare; a beneficent gift.

Nature's full blessings would be well dispensed.
--Milton.

4. (Bib.) A gift. [A Hebraism] --Gen. xxxiii. 11.

5. Grateful praise or worship.

Synonyms: approval, approving, benediction, benediction, boon, grace, thanksgiving

Antonyms: disapproval

See Also: acceptance, acceptation, admiration, adoption, appreciation, backing, benison, championship, espousal, good fortune, good luck, mercy, orison, patronage, petition, prayer, prayer, reinforcement, reward, supplication, support, thanks

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