from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Worthy of worship; holy.
  • adjective Held in veneration; revered.
  • adjective Roman Catholic Church Used as a title before the name of one who has been beatified.
  • adjective Bringing happiness, pleasure, or contentment.
  • adjective Used as an intensive.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Consecrated; holy: as, the blessed sacrament.
  • Worthy of adoration: as, the blessed Trinity.
  • Enjoying supreme happiness or felicity; favored with blessings; highly favored; happy; fortunate: as, “England's blessed shore,”
  • Specifically Enjoying spiritual blessings and the favor of God; enjoying heavenly felicity; beatified.
  • Fraught with or imparting blessings; bestowing happiness, health, or prosperity.
  • Bringing happiness; pleasurable; joyful: as, a most blessed time; “a blessed sight to see,”
  • Endowed with or possessing healing virtues.
  • By euphemism: Cursed; damned; confounded: a term of mitigated objurgation, and often merely emphatic without objurgation: as, the blessed thing gave way; our blessed system of caucusing; he lost every blessed cent he had.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Hallowed; consecrated; worthy of blessing or adoration; heavenly; holy.
  • adjective Enjoying happiness or bliss; favored with blessings; happy; highly favored.
  • adjective Imparting happiness or bliss; fraught with happiness; blissful; joyful.
  • adjective Enjoying, or pertaining to, spiritual happiness, or heavenly felicity.
  • adjective (R. C. Ch.) Beatified.
  • adjective Used euphemistically, ironically, or intensively.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having divine aid, or protection, or other blessing.
  • adjective In Catholicism, a title indicating the beatification of a person, thus allowing public veneration of those who have lived in sanctity or died as martyrs.
  • adjective Held in veneration; revered.
  • adjective Worthy of worship; holy.
  • adjective informal An intensifier; damned.
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of bless.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective characterized by happiness and good fortune
  • adjective worthy of worship
  • adjective enjoying the bliss of heaven
  • adjective highly favored or fortunate (as e.g. by divine grace)
  • adjective expletives used informally as intensifiers
  • adjective Roman Catholic; proclaimed one of the blessed and thus worthy of veneration


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