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bless·ed / blest; ˈblesid/ • adj. 1. made holy; consecrated. ∎  a title preceding the name of a dead person considered to have led a holy life, esp. a person formally beatified by the Roman Catholic Church: the Convent of the Blessed Agnes. ∎  used respectfully in reference to a dead person: a gracious lady of blessed memory. ∎  endowed with divine favor and protection: blessed are the meek. ∎  bringing pleasure or relief as a welcome contrast to what one has previously experienced: he half stumbled out of the room up to his bed and blessed, blessed sleep. ∎  (blessed with) endowed with (a particular quality or attribute): a beautiful city, steeped in history and blessed with huge sandy beaches. 2. inf. used in mild expressions of annoyance or exasperation: there wasn't a blessed thing anybody could have done. DERIVATIVES: blessedly / ˈblesidlē/ adv.

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blessed blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed often used as a warning against overconfidence. The saying is recorded from the early 18th century, and the poet Alexander Pope (1688–1744) described this in a letter of October 1727 as ‘a ninth Beatitude’, with ironical reference to the blessings listed by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.
Blessed Virgin Mary a title given to Mary as the mother of Jesus.
single blessedness a humorous expression for the state of being unmarried, originally a quotation from Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream.

See also blessed are the dead that the rain rains on, Blessed Sacrament at sacrament.

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