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blessed

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.
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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

blessed event

The birth of a baby. This cloyingly sentimental cliché, dating from about 1920, may well be dying out. It uses blessed in the sense of “happy,” not in the ironic sense of “cursed” or “damned” (as in “Every blessed piece of today’s mail is a bill”).
See also: blessed, event
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I say 'blessedly' because we believe his suffering was considerable before the second haemorrhage took him to pain-free oblivion.
Both Koizumi and Katsuya Okada, leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, cast themselves as reformers as the blessedly short campaign opened.
As far as the Rosenbergs, who took up a disproportionate amount of space in The Nation under Navasky's early tenure, they are blessedly confined here.
What utter sadness that shrouds this place which once witnessed a blessedly large, vibrant, closely-knit, happy family full of hopes and dreams!
Andrew might be middle-aged now, but blessedly, Enough Rope wasn't.
Blessedly, Microsoft has a memory aid for such forgetfulness: You can set it to warn you when you save a document that contains tracked changes or comments.
Some areas of the North-west are blessedly free of that daily and hugely costly frustration,but we all know what happens the moment the volume rises on Bank Holidays,for example,or when only one traffic lane is closed for repairs.
Andersen might have cited the razing of the old Nickodell's outside the gates of Paramount, the metastasis of strip malls all over the city, the simulacrum effect of the cleaned-up Hollywood Boulevard, the mall-ification of the once blessedly fallow real estate around the now-shrunken Farmer's Market, and the transformation of so many of the city's quiddities into Disneyfied tourist traps; alternatively, he could have highlighted the venerable landmarks that remain--like Boardner's bar, Musso & Frank's, H.M.S.
This drive usually happens quite late at night, when the roads have pretty much cleared and the expressways are blessedly free of gridlock.
The link between Joseph and the shepherds resolves his myriad "perplexities" on discovering Mary's pregnancy since he was blessedly enraptured, according to Isidoro, by the angelic Gloria.
After what can be described only as an excruciating financial year for the NCEW Foundation, 2002 is blessedly consigned to history.
I'm supposed to be a bloody Catholic for God's sake!''; Gillian Taylforth's character who has had another footballer's baby - and given her to her daughter; and, of course, the blessedly naive Chardonnay.
What is more curious is that there was no original mandate because the formation of Rhombus blessedly predated expressions like "vision statement." From a market-development standpoint, the success of Rhombus Media progressed without the impetus of an overriding marketing objective.
Modern Mantra is blessedly free of his own pontifications (though he cannot resist including a photo of his personal library in the insert card).
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.