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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


2. blessing (state) a desirable state

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


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


Broader (hypernym)orison, petition, prayer

Narrower (hyponym)benison

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


Broader (hypernym)prayer, supplication

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