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"Dichoso" is an adjective which is often translated as "happy", and "bendito" is an adjective which is often translated as "holy". Learn more about the difference between "dichoso" and "bendito" below.
dichoso(
dee
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choh
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soh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (full of happiness)
a. happy
Se sintió muy dichosa cuando nació su hija.She felt very happy when her daughter was born.
2. (favored by good luck)
a. fortunate
Soy muy dichosa de tener una familia que me apoya.I'm very fortunate to have a family that supports me.
b. lucky
Dadas las circunstancias, podemos considerarnos dichosos de estar todavía vivos.Considering the circumstances, we can count ourselves lucky to still be alive.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(blasted)
a. damn
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¡Apaga de una vez el dichoso teléfono!Turn off that damn phone once and for all!
b. blessed
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¡Ya se ha estropeado otra vez el dichoso coche!That blessed car broke down again!
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bendito(
behn
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dee
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toh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (religious)
a. holy
El sacerdote bendijo el ataúd con agua bendita.The priest sprinkled holy water on the coffin.
b. blessed
Bendito es aquel que resiste la tentación.Blessed is he who can resist temptation.
2. (fortunate)
a. lucky
Todos mis sueños se hicieron realidad, por eso me siento un hombre bendito.All my dreams came true, so I feel that I'm a lucky man.
3. (damned)
a. blessed
¡Esta bendita computadora siempre se cuelga cuando menos lo esperas!This blessed computer always crashes when you least expect it!
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
4. (fool)
a. simple soul
No quiere que le demos regalos para su cumpleaños porque es una bendita.She is a simple soul and doesn't want us to give her gifts for her birthday.
b. simpleton
Dijo que soy un bendito porque no me sé atar los cordones.She called me a simpleton because I can't tie my own shoes.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
5. (religious)
a. prayer
La comunidad se reunió alrededor del hospital y rezó un bendito por el niño enfermo.The community gathered around the hospital and said a prayer for the sick boy.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
6. (used to express surprise)
a. Good grief!
¡Bendito! Se nos viene una tormenta importante.Good grief! We're in for a heavy storm.
7. (used to express relief)
a. Thank goodness!
¡Bendito! Mi hija acaba de llamar para decir que no la agarró la inundación.Thank goodness! My daughter just called and said she was not caught in the flood.
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