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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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There's one more local use of 'bless' and 'blessing' that I don't quite like: the idea that we should do good so we will be blessed.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures.
It's more of an affirmation for people to know that they are living a blessed existence and that everything we have is a gift from God," she said.
Angels are pictured as accompanying the Blessed Mother and saying: "Oh, Mary, God has chosen you and purified you, and elected you above all the women of the earth.
If Pope Benedict XVI can achieve this degree of spirituality, he will not betray the legacy of his blessed predecessor, John Paul II, but will become the new faithful shepherd thereof.
Blessed the politician who well understands his role in the world.
Blessed with victory and peace, may that heaven-rescued land, praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Shrimping is a family tradition and Sekul strongly recalls believing if their boat didn't get blessed, they wouldn't catch any shrimp.
From the on-line edition of the Chicago Sun-Times on Cardinal Francis George, who blessed the new Lynch Porsche showroom at Irving Park and Laramie: "`Bless all those who will use this building, either as buyers or sellers, so that by respecting justice and charity, they will see themselves as working for the common good and find joy in contributing to the progress of the earthly city,' George prayed.
I spent most of my fourteen years (1978-1992) of living in Myrtle Beach (Horry County), South Carolina, writing these slices of realistic adolescent fiction about some very special African American girls, their families, and their neighborhoods in the coastal Carolina Low Country as my way of acquainting readers in print with what I was blessed to experience in reality.
We have been greatly blessed again by Denver Mattress gift of funds and sponsorship of awareness ads.
Eastwood City, the country's first truly pet-friendly community, is inviting all pet owners and pet lovers to have their beloved companions blessed at its annual pet blessing.
Steve Furnell, of Metro Radio, was the man responsible for the event after mentioning on air that he would like to get his pug Ted blessed.