blessing vs thanksgiving what difference

what is difference between blessing and thanksgiving

English

Etymology

From Middle English blessinge, blessynge, from Old English blētsung, blēdsung (a blessing), equivalent to bless +‎ -ing.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈblɛs.ɪŋ/
  • Rhymes: -ɛsɪŋ

Noun

blessing (plural blessings)

  1. Some kind of divine or supernatural aid, or reward.
  2. A pronouncement invoking divine aid.
  3. Good fortune.
  4. (paganism) A modern pagan ceremony.
  5. The act of declaring or bestowing favor; approval.
  6. Something someone is glad of.
  7. A prayer before a meal; grace.
  8. A group of unicorns.
    • 2008, Betsy Schiffman, “Time To Trash the Intellectual Property System, Says Report”, Wired, 11 September 2008:
      And since we’re laying out our wishes, we’d also like a blessing of unicorns and one million dollars.
    • 2009, Andrew Orlowski, “Facebook music dashboard: Revenue at last?”, The Register, 13 September 2011:
      Then a blessing of unicorns charged into the studio, and I was carried away to be re-educated.
    • 2011, Suzette Mayr, Monoceros, Coach House Books (2011), →ISBN, page 94:
      She just wants to talk to her friends on www.unicornwillsaveus.com or write in her journal or flump on her bedroom floor with her blessing of unicorns: her posters, figurines, stickers, temporary tattoos of anatomically correct unicorns.

Antonyms

  • curse

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

blessing

  1. present participle of bless

Anagrams

  • glibness


English

Etymology

thanks +‎ giving

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˌθæŋksˈɡɪv.ɪŋ/, /ˈθæŋksˌɡɪv.ɪŋ/

Noun

thanksgiving (countable and uncountable, plural thanksgivings)

  1. An expression of gratitude.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter IV
      The waters grew suddenly lighter, and my spirits rose accordingly. I shouted down to those below that I saw daylight ahead, and a great shout of thanksgiving reverberated through the ship. A moment later we emerged into sunlit water, and immediately I raised the periscope and looked about me upon the strangest landscape I had ever seen.
  2. A short prayer said at meals; grace, a benediction.
  3. A public celebration in acknowledgement of divine favour.

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