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blessing (n.)

Old English bletsunga, bledsunge, verbal noun from bless. Meaning "a gift from God, temporal or spiritual benefit" 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.

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Definitions of blessing from WordNet

blessing (n.)
the formal act of approving;
he gave the project his blessing
Synonyms: approval / approving
blessing (n.)
a desirable state;
enjoy the blessings of peace
Synonyms: boon
blessing (n.)
a short prayer of thanks before a meal;
Synonyms: grace / thanksgiving
blessing (n.)
a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection;
Synonyms: benediction
blessing (n.)
the act of praying for divine protection;
Synonyms: benediction
From wordnet.princeton.edu