blessing Definition

  • 1a prayer asking for divine favor and protection
  • 2the act of declaring or bestowing favor or approval
  • 3something that brings well-being

Using blessing: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "blessing" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The priest gave his blessing to the newlyweds.

  • Example

    Winning the lottery was a blessing for the struggling family.

  • Example

    Having supportive friends is a true blessing in life.

blessing Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for blessing

Antonyms for blessing

Idioms Using blessing

  • something that has both advantages and disadvantages


    Being famous is a mixed blessing; it brings wealth and opportunities, but also invades one's privacy.

  • a blessing on someone/something

    a wish for good fortune or success for someone or something


    The mayor gave a blessing on the new community center, hoping it would benefit the town's residents.

  • an expression used to wish someone good health or success, often said after someone sneezes


    A: Achoo! B: God bless you.

Phrases with blessing

  • count one's blessings

    to be grateful for what one has, rather than focusing on what one does not have


    Despite her struggles, she counts her blessings and remains positive.

  • something that seems bad or unlucky at first but results in something good happening later


    Losing his job turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it led him to start his own successful business.

  • to give approval or support to someone, especially for a decision or action


    Her parents gave her their blessing to study abroad for a year.

Origins of blessing

from Old English 'blēdsian', meaning 'to consecrate with blood'


Summary: blessing in Brief

The term 'blessing' [ˈblɛsɪŋ] refers to a prayer for divine favor or an act of bestowing approval or well-being. It can be seen in phrases like 'give someone your blessing,' and idioms like 'a mixed blessing,' which denotes something with both advantages and disadvantages. 'Blessing' is also used in expressions like 'God bless you,' wishing someone good health or success.

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