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A common hashtag on social media posts that may accompany a sincere expression of gratitude or may be used comically or as an attempt to mask bragging. It is sometimes spoken, usually humorously. How awesome is my new apartment?! #blessed My mom came over with chicken soup tonight because I wasn't feeling well. She's the best, hashtag blessed. Well, this adorable infant just puked on me. #blessed

bless (one) with (something)

1. To bestow something favorable upon someone, as of a gift from God. The Lord has blessed us with fine weather during the harvest season.
2. To anoint someone with something during a religious ritual. The priest blessed the baby with holy oil during the baptism ceremony.
See also: bless

blessed with (something)

Possessing something beneficial, such as a positive ability, quality, or general state of welfare. The phrase implies that such a thing was bestowed by a deity or through good fortune. My brother has been blessed with athletic abilities that the rest of us kids seriously lack. We should never forget that we have been blessed with wealth, and with that comes the responsibility to do good with it.
See also: blessed

the blessed event

The birth of a baby. She's almost nine months pregnant, so the blessed event will be happening very soon!
See also: blessed, event

blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed

Having high expectations often leads to disappointment when the desired result does not occur, so keeping expectations low will save one from being disappointed. I promised myself I wouldn't get my hopes up, so when I found out that my first-choice school had rejected me, I was actually OK with it. Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.

blessed event

Fig. the birth of a child. My sister is expecting a blessed event sometime in May. The young couple anxiously awaited the blessed event.
See also: blessed, event

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.

Prov. If you do not expect good things to happen, you will not be disappointed when they fail to happen. Ellen: This is going to be the best vacation we've ever had; we're going to have fun every minute of every day. Fred: Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. Jill: Do you think you'll win the contest? Jane: I like to keep in mind that blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.

It is better to give than to receive.

 and It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Prov. It is more virtuous to give things than to get them. (Biblical.) Susan told her children, "Instead of thinking so much about what you want for your birthday, think about what to give your brothers and sisters for their birthdays. Remember, it is better to give than to receive." Our charity encourages you to share the good things you have. It is more blessed to give than to receive.
See also: better, give, receive

blessed event

The birth of a baby, as in When is the blessed event expected? This expression combines two senses of blessed, that is, "happy" and "sacred." Today, however, unless used ironically, it is considered cloyingly sentimental. [1920s]
See also: blessed, event
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Blessed Sister Marianne Cope (1838-1918), was a mother to Molokai lepers.
Eventually, Blessed Kateri will become its own parish, probably once the church - and an elementary school that's also in the plans - have been built.
The same ceremony will see Blessed Andre Bessette (Brother Andre) raised to the altars of the Church.
Journeying on to Munich, we reflected on the Saints and Blesseds of the World War II and the Nazi period.
The vigil commemorated the life of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati [1901-1925], the young Italian mountain climber from Turin, Italy, whom Popes John Paul II and later Benedict XVI have named one of the principal patrons of World Youth Days.
Gaetano Gagliano, now 88 years old, was a disciple and friend of Blessed Giacomo Alberione, founder of the Society of Saint Paul and the Daughters of Saint Paul known for their publishing.
5) The Roman Calendar of saints and blesseds for each day of the year.
The world today and especially young people have the increasing need of the fascinating lives of the saints and blesseds.
In the issue of "Catholic Insight", June 2000, in the story "Saints, Blesseds, Martyrs," you state that the consecration of Russia was completed in 1984.
The 24 priests and lay people are part of a group of Blesseds (beati) proclaimed by the Pope between 1988 and 1992.
YET IN EVERY HERO THERE IS ALSO MUCH TO ADMIRE, AND hat is no less true of Blessed Karol.
YOU can only imagine how loud the profanities were when Brian Blessed realised he'd thrown away a priceless Pablo Picasso sketch.
The Man Who Founded California: The Life of Blessed Junipero Serra.
Maria Romero Meneses was beatified in 2002, 25 years after her death, as the first blessed from Central America.
Beatification, the formal term for declaring someone blessed, is the final step before sainthood, authorizing prayer and devotion to the person.