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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BLESS

"She sees something in it we don't see, bless her," said her mother.

Bless you, we all knows how to fall equally as well's how to get up again!

The Universal Father could surely not do otherwise than bless all alike.

Just; He will bless those who keep His law, and punish those who break it.

God will bless them, not because they have earned a reward, but because He is merciful and gracious.

Remi and Blaise feed birds at their table, bless them, and make them strong.

An' Laura waits for me an' tells me to be sure to get 'em on tight enough,—why, bless me!

Your design is great and noble; and I doubt not but God will bless you in it.

She has fled to the convent to be true to Fonseca; she must fly from the convent to bless the prince.

Bless the place, I love the ashes of the vagabond fires that have scorched its grass!

WORD ORIGIN

Old English bletsian, bledsian, Northumbrian bloedsian "to consecrate, make holy, give thanks," from Proto-Germanic *blodison "hallow with blood, mark with blood," from *blotham "blood" (see blood).

Originally a blood sprinkling on pagan altars. This word was chosen in Old English bibles to translate Latin benedicere and Greek eulogein, both of which have a ground sense of "to speak well of, to praise," but were used in Scripture to translate Hebrew brk "to bend (the knee), worship, praise, invoke blessings." Meaning shifted in late Old English toward "pronounce or make happy," by resemblance to unrelated bliss. No cognates in other languages. Related: Blessed; blessing.

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