blessing

A blessing is a prayer asking for God's protection, or a little gift from the heavens. It's also any act of approving, like when your roommate wants to move out and you give her your blessings.

Blessings have to do with approval. The first meaning is asking God for protection or favor. Priests and ministers say blessings in church, and some families say a blessing before dinner. Outside a religious context, blessings are less formal. "I give you my blessing" simply means "It's OK with me." People give their blessings to ideas and actions when they agree with them. Giving a blessing is often the same as giving permission.

Definitions of blessing
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n a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection

Synonyms:
benediction
Types:
benison
a spoken blessing
Type of:
orison, petition, prayer
reverent petition to a deity

n the act of praying for divine protection

Synonyms:
benediction
Type of:
prayer, supplication
the act of communicating with a deity (especially as a petition or in adoration or contrition or thanksgiving)

n a short prayer of thanks before a meal

Synonyms:
grace, thanksgiving
Type of:
orison, petition, prayer
reverent petition to a deity

n a desirable state

“enjoy the blessings of peace”
Synonyms:
boon
Types:
mercy
something for which to be thankful
Type of:
good fortune, good luck, luckiness
an auspicious state resulting from favorable outcomes

n the formal act of approving

“he gave the project his blessing
Synonyms:
approval, approving
Antonyms:
disapproval
the act of disapproving or condemning
Types:
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acceptance, acceptation, adoption, espousal
the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception
backing, backup, championship, patronage
the act of providing approval and support
admiration, appreciation
a favorable judgment
reinforcement, reward
an act performed to strengthen approved behavior
bosom, embrace
a close affectionate and protective acceptance
adoration, idolisation, idolization
the act of admiring strongly
glorification, idealisation, idealization
a portrayal of something as ideal
carrot
promise of reward as in "carrot and stick"
Type of:
support
aiding the cause or policy or interests of

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