Adjective "bless" definition and examples

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Pronunciation

/blɛs/

Definitions and examples

verb

Pronounce words in a religious rite in order to confer or invoke divine favour upon; ask God to look favourably on.
  1. 'He fought anti-Semitism, hated racism, blessed the mother of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed African shot dead by New York city police.'
  2. 'Against this barren background, James blesses those who endure temptation with the following famous words.'
  3. 'When Noach regains his senses, he curses Cham and Cham's son Canaan for their disrespectful behavior, and he blesses Shem and Yefet for their kind deed.'
  4. 'She led them into battle where they achieved martyrdom and were blessed by Guru Gobind Singh.'
  5. 'On this occasion the Khanijou family took the opportunity to have a family reunion and perform religious ceremonies to bless their clients and friends and of course wish for another year of prosperity.'
  6. 'Later, this curse was reaffirmed when Isaac blessed Jacob, and once more when Balaam pronounced a prophetic blessing on Israel as a nation.'
  7. 'Subsequently, family members blessed Mazal by satellite and received her blessings in return.'
  8. 'The priest leads the service; he asks the couple if they wish to marry, blesses them, then declares them married.'
  9. 'Jesus reverses roles, as God did with Abraham, becomes their host, and blesses the two disciples by his presence in word and action.'
  10. 'A Jew should respond ‘Amen’ whenever someone blesses God, as long as this person is not reciting an improper blessing.'
  11. 'With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude likeness of God.'
  12. 'By blessing God and recalling all that he has done for us, we place technology in the purview of God's plan of salvation.'
  13. 'Praise and bless my Lord, and give thanks, and serve him with great humility.'
  14. 'We give thanks and bless God for the ever-surprising grace that blesses us with gifts.'
  15. 'They bore him and placed him in the third heaven in the company of angels blessing God for evermore.'
  16. 'The food is there, on the table; we rejoice in its being there and bless God that it is.'
  17. 'My boyfriend totally accepts God's importance to me and would never prevent me from praying or going to church or doing anything else which blesses God.'
  18. 'I bless the God who gave him to me as my father and guide.'
  19. 'It seems that it is enough to bless the Goddess or the God, or to bring wine and cakes to the Sabbat, or to give up some of one's time.'
  20. 'we have been blessed with a beautiful baby boy'
  21. 'The guy, looking around her age, lugged Tanya's suitcase down with minimal effort, and Tanya wondered why she wasn't blessed with powers like that.'
  22. 'There are four days to go, and still many shows to see; still time for the Fringe grapevine to pick up on that undiscovered gem, spread the word and bless a doughty independent company with Fringe success.'
  23. 'But if you can take off the idea that there's a wrong way to do it, you might be blessed with all these incredible options.'
  24. 'Unless you were blessed with the power of Hercules, it's quite obvious you can't turn the ring with your bare hands.'
  25. 'After all, we are blessed with excellent natural attributes and could attract far more visitors to our fair city.'
  26. 'The American command appears to be blessing this effort with a temporary pause in combat operations.'
  27. 'His performance made me wonder whether, if Leonard Henry was blessed with Devon's vocal attributes and skill, he would have succeeded in convincing me he was a better actor/singer.'
  28. 'The Lord blessed Tommy with many special attributes, among them a unique stubbornness, a special form of loving, confident arrogance, a quaint sense of humor and an unconditional love for all.'
  29. 'As a prince Dalen had been blessed with simple powers, powers Dalen used to do the Charmer's bidding.'
  30. 'The Screening God is one of the most important Gods as he is blessed with the power to see who is worthy of becoming a god, an angel, or thrown back down to earth.'
  31. 'she silently blessed the premonition which had made her pack her best dress'
  32. 'Remember: In blessing others, you bless yourself.'
  33. 'He was startled to behold their beauty, and at once felt a rush of love for these creatures, blessing them as the only other living things in his damnable world.'
  34. 'When you're at the point of blessing your software for making it easy to purge comments, it's time to get rid of comments entirely.'
  35. 'Some 42 years later, Ralph Wilson blesses the day he decided to ante in with Lamar Hunt, the sports-loving geology major from Southern Methodist University with the dark glasses and big dreams.'
  36. 'We'll always thank and bless him for Doolittle and Surfer Rosa, but the new is pretty good.'
  37. 'He aimed it at Robert and smiled to himself, blessing his good fortune.'
  38. 'Anyone who can help me with getting this machine will be blessed a thousand times and thanked profusely.'
  39. 'Six National Guardsmen walked up to it on Tuesday afternoon and two blessed themselves with the sign of the cross.'
  40. 'I saw people touch the cross, then bless themselves before making comments like, ‘If the cross could only talk’, as it had overseen so much history in Killarney during the 20th century.'
  41. 'After a moment she lifts her right hand to her forehead and blesses herself, hard.'
  42. 'Cullen often dwells on the innocence and clear-eyed religiousness of his youth - the holy water the family blessed themselves with before leaving home, attending Mass every morning.'
  43. 'I exit the church, blessing myself again before I go, and exit through the back way.'
  44. 'McClair was never a favourite of the fans, in part because he never threw himself into tackles or pandered to the crowd by kissing the jersey or blessing himself, which was, sadly, in vogue back then.'
  45. 'To begin with, when you first come into church, bless yourself with holy water.'
  46. 'It's fuelled by a Bart Simpson-meets-confession-box ethic that dictates if nobody saw you - and you blessed yourself while you were doing it - then it never really happened.'
  47. 'People are blessing themselves as they pass where the accident happened.'
  48. 'Wayne O'Donoghue blessed himself as the jury came out to return their verdict.'
  49. 'bless my soul, Alan, what are you doing?'
  50. 'she even bought me a little present—bless!'
  51. 'Mike - bless him - even pronounces my final near-translucent fillet ‘perfect!’'
  52. '‘God bless you!’ he repeated fervently, seeing Adriana.'
  53. 'Dave, bless his warped soul, writes an ode to Neil Diamond that must be read to be believed.'
  54. 'My grandfather in Uganda - bless his soul - believes the munching of fish to be a jejune activity.'
  55. 'I never dreamt my lifestyle would clash so greatly with the people I'm, bless my soul, trying to help out.'
  56. 'Donnan, bless his soul, was still in the most happy, patient of moods, nodded.'
  57. 'Eve, bless her soul, was too childlike to see this.'
  58. '‘God bless you!’ she said, and she waved her flag as they pulled forward through the intersection.'
  59. 'Of course, there are always a few kids who have never heard of Crossfire, bless their innocent little souls.'
  60. 'ESPN, bless its Disney-controlled soul, replayed it about nineteen times a day.'

More definitions

1. to consecrate or sanctify by a religious rite; make or pronounce holy.

2. to request of God the bestowal of divine favor on: Bless this house.

3. to bestow good of any kind upon: a nation blessed with peace.

4. to extol as holy; glorify: Bless the name of the Lord.

5. to protect or guard from evil (usually used as an interjection): Bless you! Bless your innocent little heart!

6. to condemn or curse: I'll be blessed if I ca

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be bless."

Origin

Old English blēdsian, blētsian, based on blōd ‘blood’ (i.e. originally perhaps ‘mark or consecrate with blood’). The meaning was influenced by its being used to translate Latin benedicere ‘to praise, worship’, and later by association with bliss.

Phrase

bless you!
not have a penny to bless oneself with