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{adj: Blessed} worthy of worship
"the Blessed Trinity"

{adj: advantaged, favored} blessed with advantages
"she is more advantaged than her cousin"
"born into the favored classes"

{adj: affined} closely related
"syllable to blessed syllable affined"- Wallace Stevens

{adj: beatified, blessed} Roman Catholic; proclaimed one of the blessed and thus worthy of veneration

{adj: blasted, blame, blamed, blessed, damn, damned, darned, deuced, goddam, goddamn, goddamned, infernal} expletives used informally as intensifiers
"he's a blasted idiot"
"it's a blamed shame"
"a blame cold winter"
"not a blessed dime"
"I'll be damned (or blessed or darned or goddamned) if I'll do any such thing"
"he's a damn (or goddam or goddamned) fool"
"a deuced idiot"
"an infernal nuisance"

{adj: blessed, blessed with, endued with} having good fortune bestowed or conferred upon; sometimes used as in combination
"blessed with a strong healthy body"
"a nation blessed with peace"
"a peace-blessed era"

{adj: blessed, blest} highly favored or fortunate (as e.g. by divine grace)
"our blessed land"
"the blessed assurance of a steady income"
<-> cursed

{adj: blessed} characterized by happiness and good fortune
"a blessed time"

{adj: blessed} enjoying the bliss of heaven

{adj: cursed, curst} deserving a curse; sometimes used as an intensifier
"villagers shun the area believing it to be cursed"
"cursed with four daughter"
"not a cursed drop"
"his cursed stupidity"
"I'll be cursed if I can see your reasoning"
<-> blessed

{adj: little} small in a way that arouses feelings (of tenderness or its opposite depending on the context)
"a nice little job"
"bless your little heart"
"my dear little mother"
"a sweet little deal"
"I'm tired of your petty little schemes"
"filthy little tricks"
"what a nasty little situation"

{adj: lucky} blessed with good fortune
"considered himself lucky that the tornado missed his house"
"a lucky guess"

{adj: plain, sheer, unmingled, unmixed} not mixed with extraneous elements
"plain water"
"sheer wine"
"not an unmixed blessing"

{adj: privileged} blessed with privileges
"the privileged few"
<-> underprivileged

{adj: rich} having an abundant supply of desirable qualities or substances (especially natural resources)
"blessed with a land rich in minerals"
"rich in ideas"
"rich with cultural interest"
<-> poor

{adv: blessedly} in a blessed manner

{n: Beatitude} one of the eight sayings of Jesus at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount; in Latin each saying begins with `beatus' (blessed)
"her favorite Beatitude is `Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth'"

{n: Cnicus, genus Cnicus} one species: blessed thistle

{n: Elysium, Elysian Fields} (Greek mythology) the abode of the blessed after death

{n: Jacob} (Old Testament) son of Isaac; brother of Esau; father of the twelve patriarchs of Israel; Jacob wrestled with God and forced God to bless him, so God gave Jacob the new name of Israel (meaning `one who has been strong against God')

{n: Mary, Virgin Mary, The Virgin, Blessed Virgin, Madonna} the mother of Jesus; Christians refer to her as the Virgin Mary; she is especially honored by Roman Catholics

{n: Trinity, Holy Trinity, Blessed Trinity, Sacred Trinity} the union of the Father and Son and Holy Ghost in one Godhead

{n: adnoun} an adjective used as a noun
"`meek' in `blessed are the meek' is an adnoun"

{n: beatification} the action of rendering supremely blessed and extremely happy

{n: benediction, blessing} a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection

{n: benison} a spoken blessing

{n: blessed event, happy event} the live birth of a child

{n: blessed thistle, sweet sultan, Cnicus benedictus} annual of Mediterranean to Portugal having hairy stems and minutely spiny-toothed leaves and large heads of yellow flowers

{n: blessing, approval, approving} the formal act of approving
"he gave the project his blessing"
"his decision merited the approval of any sensible person"
<-> disapproval

{n: blessing, benediction} the act of praying for divine protection

{n: blessing, boon} a desirable state
"enjoy the blessings of peace"
"a spanking breeze is a boon to sailors"

{n: cadaver, corpse, stiff, clay, remains} the dead body of a human being
"the cadaver was intended for dissection"
"the end of the police search was the discovery of a corpse"
"the murderer confessed that he threw the stiff in the river"
"honor comes to bless the turf that wraps their clay"

{n: cult, cultus, religious cult} a system of religious beliefs and rituals
"devoted to the cultus of the Blessed Virgin"

{n: grace, blessing, thanksgiving} a short prayer of thanks before a meal

{n: holy water} water that has been blessed by a priest for use in symbolic purification

{n: houri} (Islam) one of the dark-eyed virgins of perfect beauty believed to live with the blessed in Paradise

{n: inheritance, heritage} any attribute or immaterial possession that is inherited from ancestors
"my only inheritance was my mother's blessing"
"the world's heritage of knowledge"

{n: laying on of hands} laying hands on a person's head to invoke spiritual blessing in Christian ordination

{n: marriage, matrimony, union, spousal relationship, wedlock} the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce)
"a long and happy marriage"
"God bless this union"

{n: milk thistle, lady's thistle, Our Lady's mild thistle, holy thistle, blessed thistle, Silybum marianum} tall Old World biennial thistle with large clasping white-blotched leaves and purple flower heads; naturalized in California and South America

{v: anoint, inunct, oil, anele, embrocate} administer an oil or ointment to ; often in a religious ceremony of blessing

{v: beatify} declare (a dead person) to be blessed ; the first step of achieving sainthood
"On Sunday, the martyr will be beatified by the Vatican"

{v: bless, sign} make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection ; consecrate

{v: bless} confer prosperity or happiness on

{v: bless} give a benediction to
"The dying man blessed his son"
<-> curse

{v: consecrate, bless, hallow, sanctify} render holy by means of religious rites
<-> desecrate

{v: curse, beshrew, damn, bedamn, anathemize, anathemise, imprecate, maledict} wish harm upon ; invoke evil upon
"The bad witch cursed the child"
<-> bless

{v: supplicate} ask for humbly or earnestly, as in prayer
"supplicate God's blessing"


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