Meaning of Toronto blessing in English:

Toronto blessing

Pronunciation /təˌrɒntəʊ ˈblɛsɪŋ/


(also Toronto Blessing)
  • With the. A manifestation of religious ecstasy, characterized by mass fainting, hysterical laughter, speaking in tongues, etc., in those who undergo it, associated with an evangelical Christian revival and its fellowship meetings, the first of which was at a Toronto church in early 1994.


1990s; earliest use found in The Times. From Toronto, the name of the capital city of the province of Ontario in Canada, where the phenomenon came to prominence + blessing.