Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of beatifying or of rendering or pronouncing happy; the state of being blessed; blessedness.
  • noun In the Roman Catholic Church, the act by which a deceased person is declared to be beatified, or one of the blessed, and therefore a proper subject of a certain degree or kind of public religious honor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of beatifying, or the state of being beatified; esp., in the R. C. Church, the act or process of ascertaining and declaring that a deceased person is one of “the blessed,” or has attained the second degree of sanctity, -- usually a stage in the process of canonization.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of beatifying, or the state of being beatified; esp., in the Roman Catholic Church, the act or process of ascertaining and declaring that a deceased person is one of "the blessed," or has attained the second degree of sanctity, — usually a stage in the process of canonization.

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

  • noun (Roman Catholic Church) an act of the Pope who declares that a deceased person lived a holy life and is worthy of public veneration; a first step toward canonization
  • noun the action of rendering supremely blessed and extremely happy
  • noun a state of supreme happiness

Etymologies

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From Middle French béatification, from Medieval Latin beatificatio

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