In religion, a blessing (also used to refer to bestowing of such) is the infusion of something with holiness, spiritual redemption, or divine will.

Etymology and Germanic paganism

The modern English language term bless likely derives from the 1225 term blessen, which developed from the Old English blǣdsian (preserved in the Northumbrian dialect around 950 AD).[1] The term also appears in other forms, such as blēdsian (before 830), blētsian from around 725 and blesian from around 1000, all meaning to make sacred or holy by a sacrificial custom in the Anglo-Saxon pagan period, originating in Germanic paganism; to mark with blood.[1] Due to this, the term is related to the term blōd, meaning blood.[1] References to this indigenous practice, Blót, exist in related Icelandic sources.

The modern meaning of the term may have been influenced in translations of the Bible into Old English during the process of Christianization to translate the Latin term benedīcere meaning to "speak well of", resulting in meanings such as to "praise" or "extol" or to speak of or to wish well.[1]

Other Languages
العربية: بركة (عرف)
azərbaycanca: Alqıma
brezhoneg: Bennozh
català: Benedicció
čeština: Žehnání
Deutsch: Segen
eesti: Õnnistus
español: Bendición
Esperanto: Beno
français: Bénédiction
Gàidhlig: Beannachd
galego: Bendición
hrvatski: Blagoslov
Bahasa Indonesia: Berkat (Kristen)
italiano: Benedizione
ಕನ್ನಡ: ಆಶೀರ್ವಾದ
қазақша: Бата
lietuvių: Palaiminimas
magyar: Áldás
македонски: Благослов
Nederlands: Zegen
日本語: 祝福
Plattdüütsch: Segen
português: Bênção
rumantsch: Benedicziun
Runa Simi: Samincha
Simple English: Blessing
српски / srpski: Благослов
suomi: Siunaus
svenska: Välsignelse
Tagalog: Pagpapala
తెలుగు: దీవెన
Türkçe: Alkıma
українська: Благословення