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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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Modern Mantra is blessedly free of his own pontifications (though he cannot resist including a photo of his personal library in the insert card).
What is more curious is that there was no original mandate because the formation of Rhombus blessedly predated expressions like "vision statement.
They were blessedly multilingual, which gave those of us who struggled through French in school a chance to practice and to improve foreign relations both humorously and delightfully.
it's that very shimmer, the capacity for such delicious confusion, Wilson sometimes seems to suggest, that may constitute the most blessedly wonderful thing about being human'.
Although exceptionally painful (one sufferer said that it felt "like walking on my eyeballs"), gout is, if incurable, blessedly noncommunicable and not fatal (3).
Blessedly, it was a year of rivers and redwoods and mountains, too.
dissertation in the 1970s on the impenetrably bawdy passages of Aristophanes--and made them all too blessedly clear.
After roaming desperately through 20 or 30 others stores, we finally stopped by Coldwater Creek and found a few things that would blessedly bring an end to our annual Christmas quandary.
4 during July and August for this issue's Double Double, finding his music so blessedly brisk and bracing that we have decided to compare more Sibelius for Issue 84) and a new recording of Christmas music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Telarc.
Miller blessedly (to stay with theological metaphors) does not develop a grand system of her own, however, but explores connections among the various processes traced by theory-builders, historians, and cultural analysts.
The studio was blessedly short of customers at the time and Bambi was unopposed as he raged through the place, goring and stomping everything in sight until finally, exhausted, he staggered out the front door.
Blessedly, Allan Blackstock's fine study, which pivots around the year 1798, is nothing of the sort.
It is thoroughly professional, hugely informative, and blessedly candid.
Tropici', |Pneumatomachi', and |Macedonians', though, are not mentioned in a text which is blessedly free from polemic.
Lively and blessedly unpreachy, the film focuses on seven veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade--not only on what they did in Spain but why they went in the first place and what they've done since.