he doesn't say a blessed thing.

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The above mentioned sentence appears in the following context:

I ask him: "What is truth?" And by way of an answer, he doesn't say a blessed thing.

Does "a blessed thing" imply or have some special meaning here?
  • Firewire

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    UK, English
    'Blessed' is being used here as an intensifier, rather than having any spiritual connotation. In this context, the word is synonymous with other intensifiers such as 'blasted', 'darned', 'damned'. If you look up 'blessed' in the WordReference dictionary, it will give you more examples and further explanation of the word under definition 1.

    Incidentally, when you read it, make sure you pronounce it with two syllables: bless-ed.
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