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English noun: blessing

1. blessing (act) the formal act of approving


SamplesHe gave the project his blessing.
His decision merited the approval of any sensible person.


Synonymsapproval, approving


Broader (hypernym)support


Narrower (hyponym)acceptance, acceptation, admiration, adoption, appreciation, backing, backup, championship, espousal, patronage, reinforcement, reward


Antonymsdisapproval

2. blessing (state) a desirable state


SamplesEnjoy the blessings of peace.
A spanking breeze is a boon to sailors.


Synonymsboon


Broader (hypernym)good fortune, good luck, luckiness


Narrower (hyponym)mercy

3. blessing (communication) a short prayer of thanks before a meal


SamplesTheir youngest son said grace.


Synonymsgrace, thanksgiving


Broader (hypernym)orison, petition, prayer

4. blessing (communication) a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection


Synonymsbenediction


Broader (hypernym)orison, petition, prayer


Narrower (hyponym)benison

5. blessing (act) the act of praying for divine protection


Synonymsbenediction


Broader (hypernym)prayer, supplication









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