bless

Definitions

  • Un grand blessé
    Un grand blessé
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bless give a benediction to "The dying man blessed his son"
    • v bless render holy by means of religious rites
    • v bless make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate
    • v bless confer prosperity or happiness on
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Additional illustrations & photos:

BLESSING THE LAMB ON ST. GEORGE'S DAY BLESSING THE LAMB ON ST. GEORGE'S DAY
UNCLE DANIEL'S BLESSING UNCLE DANIEL'S BLESSING
The lovers kneeling to receive Don Pedro's blessing The lovers kneeling to receive Don Pedro's blessing
Bless me, what's all this Bless me, what's all this
"BLESS YOU, MY CHILDREN!" "BLESS YOU, MY CHILDREN!"
CHRIST BLESSING LITTLE CHILDREN CHRIST BLESSING LITTLE CHILDREN

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The town of Olney, Illinois celebrates a "Squirrel Day" festival to honour the 200 albino squirrels that live in the town. The festival includes a squirrel blessing by a priest
    • Bless To esteem or account happy; to felicitate. "The nations shall bless themselves in him."
    • Bless To express a wish or prayer for the happiness of; to invoke a blessing upon; -- applied to persons. "Bless them which persecute you."
    • Bless To guard; to keep; to protect.
    • Bless To invoke or confer beneficial attributes or qualities upon; to invoke or confer a blessing on, -- as on food. "Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them."
    • Bless To make happy, blithesome, or joyous; to confer prosperity or happiness upon; to grant divine favor to. "The quality of mercy is . . . twice blest ;
      It blesseth him that gives and him that takes."
      "It hath pleased thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue forever before thee."
    • Bless To make or pronounce holy; to consecrate "And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it."
    • Bless To make the sign of the cross upon; to cross (one's self).
    • Bless To praise, or glorify; to extol for excellences. "Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name."
    • Bless To wave; to brandish. "And burning blades about their heads do bless .""Round his armed head his trenchant blade he blest ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: At age 47, the Rolling Stones' bassist, Bill Wyman, began a relationship with 13-year old Mandy Smith, with her mother's blessing. Six years later, they were married, but the marriage only lasted a year. Not long after, Bill's 30-year-old son Stephen married Mandy's mother, age 46. That made Stephen a stepfather to his former stepmother. If Bill and Mandy had remained married, Stephen would have been his father's father-in-law and his own grandpa.
    • bless To consecrate or set apart to holy or sacred purposes; make or pronounce holy: formerly occasionally used of persons.
    • bless To consecrate (a thing) by a religious rite, as with prayer and thanksgiving; consecrate or hallow by asking God's blessing on: as, to bless food.
    • bless To sanctify (one's self) by making the sign of the cross, especially as a defense against evil influences or agencies: used reflexively.
    • bless To defend; preserve; protect or guard from evil; reflexively, to guard one's self from; avoid; eschew.
    • bless To invoke or pronounce a blessing upon (another or others); commend to God's favor or protection.
    • bless To confer well-being upon; bestow happiness, prosperity, or good of any kind upon; make happy, prosperous, or fortunate; prosper with temporal or spiritual benefits: as, a nation blessed with peace and plenty.
    • bless To favor (with); make happy or fortunate by some specified means: as, blessed with a good constitution; blessed with filial children.
    • bless To praise or extol as holy or worthy of reverence, or
    • bless as the giver of benefits; extol or glorify with thankful acknowledgment of benefits received.
    • bless To esteem or account happy; congratulate; felicitate: used reflexively.
    • bless [Often used in exclamations with various shades of meaning departing more or less widely from the literal sense: as, God bless me! bless you! bless the mark! etc.]
    • bless To ejaculate “Bless me,” “God bless me,” or the like.
    • bless To wound; hurt; beat; thump.
    • bless [Appar. a deflection of sense Some fancy that it refers to “the old rite of blessing a field by directing the hands to all parts of it” (see bless).] To wave; brandish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dr. Joel Poinsett, the 1st US ambassador to Mexico, brought the poinsettia to US in 1828. The plant, called "flower of the blessed night" in Mexico was renamed in Poinsett's honor.
    • v.t Bless bles to invoke a blessing upon: to make joyous, happy, or prosperous: to consecrate by some religious rite, to cross one's self: to extol as holy, to pronounce happy, to invoke the divine favour upon: to wish happiness to: to praise or glorify
    • pa.p Bless blessed (blest), or blest
    • v.t Bless bles (Spens.) to brandish.
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Quotations

  • Robert H. Schuller
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    “Every burden is a blessing.”
  • Alexander Pope
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    “Never elated when someone's oppressed, never dejected when another one's blessed.”
  • Sir James M. Barrie
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    “The printing press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, sometimes one forgets which it is.”
  • Robert Chambers
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    “Books are the blessed chloroform of the mind.”
  • Winston Churchill
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    “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”
  • William A. Ward
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    “Change, like sunshine, can be a friend or a foe, a blessing or a curse, a dawn or a dusk.”

Idioms

Bless your pointy little head - This expression is used as to patronise someone, especially when they don't realise that they're not very clever.
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Blessing in disguise - If some bad luck or misfortune ultimately results in something positive, it's a blessing in disguise.
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Count your blessings - When people count their blessings, they concentrate on all the good things in their lives instead of the negative ones.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. blessien, bletsen, AS. bletsian, bledsian, bloedsian, fr. bld, blood; prob. originally to consecrate by sprinkling with blood. See Blood
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Blaze(?).

Usage

In literature:

The blessings of time and eternity constitute the part of the promise offered to believers, through Christ.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
And bless my soul, 'The Fairy' again I Well, a drop of drink will do no harm.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
I became intensely desirous of the same blessing, and in great anxiety and hopefulness I went to the altar.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
But blessing does not merely mean praise, for GOD blesses us.
"Separation and Service" by James Hudson Taylor
The greatest trials bore fruit in the fullest blessings and sometimes in clusters of blessings.
"George Muller of Bristol" by Arthur T. Pierson
And to those who have not got the blessing, let these motives constrain you to seek the blessing without delay.
"Standards of Life and Service" by T. H. Howard
I do bless Thee for this precious blessed word, for this precious blessed work of Thy beloved Son.
"Holy in Christ" by Andrew Murray
At other schools the assistants teach the children to wash their hands and say the blessing.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
She bade me take to you, fool, her last blessing.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
I felt this a blessed work.
"The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller" by George Müller
Twice blessed he was; but, as I made my blessing, so do I break it.
"The Arrow-Maker" by Mary Austin
Blessed saints, the shiftlessness of girls!
"One Snowy Night" by Emily Sarah Holt
Yet it was a blessed death, for now he lives a more blessed life than he did before.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
We exerted, by God's blessing, a good influence upon him through our meetings.
"The Story of John G. Paton" by James Paton
Andy Foster, man I knows, d'rect me up dese steps and bless God I finds you.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
I didn't have the wretched contrivance removed or those blessed 'registers' plastered up.
"Cleek, the Master Detective" by Thomas W. Hanshew
Blessed is the death of those that have part in the death of Jesus.
"Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)" by John Howie
He wants their whole hearts, that He may bless them.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
They cheat the world of its blessings while they fill themselves.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
I'm blessed if I didn't think it was a most uncommon coarse, thick, heavy old broche.
"Tried for Her Life" by Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
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In poetry:

Colonel Shaw
is riding on his bubble,
he waits
for the blessed break.
"For the Union Dead" by Robert Lowell
With recognising eyes
Look from your Paradise -
"God bless
Thy hopelessness!"
"To The Dead Cardinal Of Westminster" by Francis Thompson
Blessed be the time
That appil take was,
Therefore we moun singen
Deo gracias.
"Adam Lay Ibounden" by Anonymous British
Strummer of the lyre
Maker of the tune,
Give me a desire--
Bless me with a boon.
"The Poem Speaks" by Franklin Pierce Adams
From Wan comes blessing rich;
Now on the right
He owns those gifts to which
Him I invite.
"Appropriate To A Sacrifice To King Wan" by Confucius
God bless our native land,
Land of the newly free,
Oh may she ever stand
For truth and liberty.
"God Bless Our Native Land" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

In news:

She had been a longtime Northeast Arkansas resident and was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Jonesboro.
Bless him, Rep Jason Chaffetz is actively defending Utah's title as the go-to state for comic relief.
These days, it could be a mixed blessing if it means you outgrow your office.
And she's still dexterously balancing both international stardom and inspirational motherhood, God bless her.
Blessings go to Perry Nouis, chair of the Morrison County Republicans, for pointing out the mistakes and corrections made by Sens.
Suzanne Kenny Skinner and Stephen Peter Forster were married Saturday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Alexandria, Va. By the Rev.
Read the statement by some parishioners of Blessed Sacrament Parish (mentioned in the NPR story) right here.
' Fount of Every Blessing' is an uplifting, inspirational piano masterpiece by Amy B Hansen.
Our Lady of Fatima Church in North Bergen held its yearly Blessing of the Animals on Thursday, Oct 4.
View full size Photo submitted Father Paul Schwermer with Emily (holding Bella), and Joe Brock at the Blessing of the Animals.
On October 27, Pope Benedict XVI will journey to Assisi, Italy, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the meeting of Blessed Pope John Paul II with religious leaders there in 1986.
Franciscan artwork and garden blessed.
0Franciscan artwork and a Franciscan garden were dedicated and blessed.
At the ceremony this Friday, Alreja, who is a member of the Hindu religion, has asked his guru to be present to place a blessing on the plant.
This weekend, a former gangsta rapper who served time for armed robbery will demonstrate that he is a completely new man by giving back to the community through an event called Bless Fest.
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In science:

The hump was discovered using a rocket (Stecher 1965) and the far UV was obtained by the OAO2 and IUE satellites (Bless & Savage 1970).
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
Fortunately, I have been blessed with the best family I could imagine.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
The normalised extinction curve in the direction of a reddened star follows Seaton’s curve in the visible, but large variations are observed in the UV, especially in the far-UV (Bless & Savage, 1972).
The incompatibilities between the standard theory of interstellar extinction and observations
This is both a blessing and a curse. A solution to this problem is not clear.
Content Sharing for Mobile Devices
But there is an underside to the blessings of science.
Do We Need a Scientific Revolution?
This fact has even been regarded as a “blessing” in Ref. potentially anomalous U(1) brane fields in SM-like constructions.
Flux compactifications in string theory: a comprehensive review
The close relationship between symbiotic nebulae and PNe is a mixed blessing, since in order to use symbiotic systems to learn about PNe we need to be able to tell them apart.
The Origin and Shaping of Planetary Nebulae: Putting the Binary Hypothesis to the Test
The spatial resolution is both a blessing and a challenge: for spectroscopy, in the absence of space-flown UV Integral Field Units, it results in detailed studies of very small physical regions.
Understanding Lyman-alpha emitters
NG acknowledges his mother for her eternal love and blessings.
Witness for edge states and its characteristics
This is a curse and a blessing; the background of neutrinos produced by cosmic rays in interactions with air nuclei provides a beam essential for calibrating the detectors and demonstrating the neutrino measurement technique.
In Search for Extraterrestrial High Energy Neutrinos
Christian tradition, on the other hand, will bless such a prayer.
LHC card games: bringing about retrocausality?
Although this is a lost opportunity for quantum gravity phenomenology, it is also a blessing, if all we wish to understand is what can be seen from outside without having to grapple with the physics of a singularity.
Destroying black holes with test bodies
Prokof ’ev and Svistunov argue that these drawbacks are however acceptable: The method does not try to alleviate the sign problem; in fact, the sign ’blessing’ is often crucial for the series convergence.
Recent developments in Quantum Monte-Carlo simulations with applications for cold gases
This is certainly a golden age for cosmology and particle astrophysics! We are blessed with wonderful astronomical instruments and accelerator experiments that each year open new windows through which we see things that clarify the initial conditions, the composition, and the evolution of the universe.
Particle Astrophysics after COBE: Blois92 Summary Talk
One of the mixed blessings of this book is the tone of the technical discussions.
Review of Charniak's "Statistical Language Learning"
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