Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BLESSINGS

These are some of the blessings secured to our happy land by our Federal Union.

What should we bear in mind with respect to all our blessings?

Apollo, smiling, watched him and saw his thousand blessings.

Blessings, then, upon these young wayfarers, for they have "blessed me unawares."

The blessings of many who were ready to perish have rested upon them.

Now may the blessings of all the saints fall on thine honest head!

The happiness of the duchess was perfected by the blessings granted to her in her family.

Of the name and blessings of Autumn, they are equally ignorant.

Now, as heretofore, we have episcopal reminders of the blessings of war.

And of these three blessings our two Syrians together are plentifully endowed.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English bletsunga, bledsunge; see bless. Meaning "gift from God" is from mid-14c. In sense of "religious invocation before a meal" it is recorded from 1738. Phrase blessing in disguise is recorded from 1746.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.