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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

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

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 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.
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it is better to give than to receive

It is more virtuous to give or yield something than to receive something. The idea is Biblical in origin. It is better to give than to receive, so we're going to donate these dolls to people who are less fortunate. Right, honey?
See also: better, give, receive

it is more blessed to give than to receive

It is more virtuous to give or yield something than to receive something. The phrase comes from the Bible's Acts of the Apostles. It is more blessed to give than to receive, so we're going to donate these dolls to people who are less fortunate. Right, honey?
See also: blessed, give, more, receive

the blessed event

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

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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]
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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”).
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What is most surprising, however, is that he sees religion as providing real salvation for the many, for those without the opportunity to embark on the "arduous way" (40) of philosophical salvation: "men can achieve blessedness simply through obedience without understanding." (41) The fundamental emotions in which this salvation (beatitudo) of the believer consists are analogous to those present in philosophical religion: love of God and peace of mind.
Let's all wake up to the blessedness God offering to us this New Year.
Writers have drawn strength from the persistence of memory, documenting transitions, envisioning renewal, drawing strength from a heritage of music and prayer in which the Goan soul is embedded: Hindustani and Carnatic music, Gregorian chants, the loud-throated singing of hymns in chapels and churches, the bhajans in temples, the architecture of temple and church, and above all, the unique Goan home, no matter how humble, always surrounded by a garden, the blessedness of a landscape now being violated.
Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.
According to an item published in the Massachusetts Spy, Worcester's main weekly, "In Boston there is a Matrimonial Agency in full operation, where disconsolate old bachelors and forgotten maidens can be helped out of the forlorn condition of single blessedness, at reasonable rates." A contemporary announcement goes as follows: "A gentleman who can give good reference as to character, is desirous of forming a connection with some respectable lady about 30 years of age - who is in the possession of some property.
The daily crises of parenting can blind us to the blessedness of the moment.
"It is [the promoter of the faith's duty] to critically examine the life of, and the miracles attributed to, the individual up for sainthood or blessedness. Because his presentation of facts must include everything unfavorable to the candidate, the promoter of the faith is popularly known as the devil's advocate.
He didn't believe in an anthropomorphic God but he insisted that he believed in "true religion" consisting of the rational principles that result in humans' flourishing to "blessedness" and "salvation." So indeed there is a God for Spinoza: a God who is identical with nature.
This of that infamous the Times ago: "Small Chile, How different that will be from today when we can feel, as the Bible suggests, the blessedness that comes with true giving - unalloyed kindness that seeks nothing in return save the pleasure of doing a good turn.
It follows from this Latin text That blest souls are not composite, And that all beautiful women may Live in uncomposite blessedness, And lead us to the like--if they Will banish every thought, unless The lineaments that please their view When the long looking-glass is full, Even from the foot-sole think it too.
In the Beatitudes (Matthew Chapter 5), which is Jesus' meditation on blessedness, he does not dwell much on the positive or the inspirational.
"Little do ye know your own blessedness; for to travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive" - Robert Louis Stevenson.
One letter opens: "Dear Bruce, what do you mean by upsetting the equilibrium of two highly respectable ladies in their heretofore blissful state of married and simple blessedness? "And two at once, mind you!
At the same time, Taylor became more and more aware of the outputs of her right brain: feelings of "tranquility, safety, blessedness, euphoria, and omniscience." With awe she describes a second, deeper kind of connection: "...
Michelle Bartel in What it Means to Be Human reminds us that, "God called us into existence and created us in the blessedness of true relationship with God and others." We are connected to God and to one another.