Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Supreme blessedness or happiness.
  • n. Any of the declarations of blessedness made by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.
  • n. Used as a title and form of address for a patriarch in the Armenian Church or a metropolitan in the Russian Orthodox Church: Your Beatitude.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Supreme, utmost bliss and happiness.
  • n. Any one of the Biblical blessings given by Jesus in Matthew 5:3–12. E.g.: "Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth"(Matthew 5:5).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Felicity of the highest kind; consummate bliss.
  • n. Any one of the nine declarations (called the Beatitudes), made in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. v. 3-12), with regard to the blessedness of those who are distinguished by certain specified virtues.
  • n. Beatification.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Supreme blessedness; felicity of the highest kind; consummate bliss; hence, in a less restricted sense, any extreme pleasure or satisfaction.
  • n. One of the eight ascriptions of blessedness to those who possess particular virtues, pronounced by Christ in the Sermon on the Mount, Mat. v. 3-11: so named from the word “blessed” (in the Latin, beati), with which each declaration or ascription begins.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one of the eight sayings of Jesus at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount; in Latin each saying begins with `beatus' (blessed)
  • n. a state of supreme happiness

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin beātitūdō, from beātus, happy; see beatific.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French béatitude, from Latin beātitūdō ("happiness, blessedness"), from beātus ("happy, blessed"). (Wiktionary)

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  • It means "is generally not believed", in the shorthand notation of railway telegraphers. --US Railway Association, Standard Cipher Code, 1906.

    January 20, 2013

  • The world would be so much better if religions spent more time with the Beatitudes than with proselytization.

    September 1, 2007

  • See beatnik.

    September 1, 2007

  • ... and from his sight receiv'd
    Beatitude past utterance ...

    Milton, Paradise Lost III

    December 18, 2006