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adjective     blessed pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    [only before noun] mainly literary used for emphasizing that something makes you feel happy or grateful because it is just what you need
  2. 2
    [only before noun] spoken used for emphasizing that you are annoyed about something

    She calls me every day to ask me the same blessed thing!

  3. 3




    [only before noun] holy

    the Blessed Virgin Mary

  4. 4
    used in the Bible about people who are loved by God

    Blessed are the merciful.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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