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tr.v. blessed or blest (blĕst), bless·ing, bless·es
1. To make holy by religious rite; sanctify: The clergy blessed the site for the new monastery.
2. To invoke divine favor upon: The bishop blessed the fishing fleet.
3. To make the sign of the cross over: She knelt and blessed herself.
4. To honor as holy; glorify: Bless the Lord.
5. To confer well-being or prosperity on: They were blessed with a baby girl.
6. To endow, as with talent: He was blessed with a photographic memory.
bless you
Used to wish good health to a person who has just sneezed.

[Middle English blessen, from Old English blētsian, to consecrate; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

bless′er n.
Word History: The verb bless comes from Old English blœ̄dsian, blēdsian, blētsian, "to bless, wish happiness, consecrate." Although the Old English verb has no cognates in any other Germanic language, it can be shown to derive from the Germanic noun *blōdan, "blood." Blœ̄dsian therefore originally meant "to consecrate with blood, sprinkle with blood." In many cultures, the blood of a sacrificed animal is thought to hallow and bring blessings upon the people and places that it touches. In the Biblical book of Exodus, for example, God punishes the Egyptians by killing the first-born son in every family, but the Israelites are able to protect their own houses from divine wrath by sprinkling the blood of a sacrificed lamb on their lintels and doorposts. The Angles, Saxons, and Jutes, the early Germanic migrants to Britain, would have originally used the verb blœ̄dsian for the consecrations effected by their own pagan sacrifices. After they converted to Christianity, however, blœ̄dsian acquired new meanings when it was used to translate the verb benedīcere, "to bless" in the Latin Bible.


someone who blesses
References in classic literature ?
I, however, am a blesser and a Yea-sayer, if thou be but around me, thou pure, thou luminous heaven
A blesser have I become and a Yea-sayer: and therefore strove I long and was a striver, that I might one day get my hands free for blessing.
D'ailleurs comment un joueur peut se blesser en refusant de s'entraAaAaAeA@ner et en ne jouant aucun match?
Roland Garros en juin, avant de se blesser aux abdominaux.
Un homme de 34 ans a d'abord tue une personne et en a blesse trois autres grievement a l'arme a feu a l'interieur de l'etablissement, avant de blesser un policier a l'exterieur et d'etre finalement tue par les forces de l'ordre, a precise la police.
The objective of the Imbizo week was to give impetus to the #365 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children while ensuring sustainability of the campaign through the work with partners like Sonke Gender Justice to bring on board the involvement of men as they contribute to the sexualisation of girls through the blesser or mavuso by older men having sex with girls as young as 14 years old.
Malgre les bonnes intentions du therapeute, un trait d'humour peut parfois etre percu par le patient comme une attaque personnelle visant a minimiser sa detresse ou a le blesser volontairement.
Research in sound studies has expanded rapidly in recent years, including much scholarship on sound and space (eg, Augoyard and Torgue, 2006; Blesser and Salter, 2007; Bull, 2000; Saladin, 2014).
Parce qu'il y a de mauvais hommes dans le monde exterieur, des hommes qui peuvent te blesser d'une facon ou d'une autre .
Elle s'apparente a l'agression, comportement visant a blesser physiquement, socialement ou psychologiquement (12).