Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To make blessedly happy.
  • transitive v. Roman Catholic Church To proclaim (a deceased person) to be one of the blessed and thus worthy of public religious veneration in a particular region or religious congregation.
  • transitive v. To exalt above all others.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make blissful.
  • v. To pronounce or regard as happy, or supremely blessed, or as conferring happiness.
  • v. To carry out the third of four steps in canonization, making someone a saint.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To pronounce or regard as happy, or supremely blessed, or as conferring happiness.
  • transitive v. To make happy; to bless with the completion of celestial enjoyment.
  • transitive v. To ascertain and declare, by a public process and decree, that a deceased person is one of “the blessed,” and is to be reverenced as such, though not canonized.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make supremely happy; bless with the completion of celestial enjoyment: as,“beatified spirits,”
  • To pronounce or regard as happy, or as conferring happiness.
  • Specifically In the Roman Catholic Church, to decree beatification.
  • Hence To ascribe extraordinary virtue or excellence to; regard as saintly or exalted.

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

  • v. declare (a dead person) to be blessed; the first step of achieving sainthood
  • v. make blessedly happy
  • v. fill with sublime emotion

Etymologies

French beatifier, from Late Latin beātificāre : Latin beātus, happy; see beatific + Latin -ficāre, -fy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French béatifier, from Medieval Latin beātifico ("I bless") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Many Catholics in the world are rejoicing over Pope Benedict XVI's announcement last week that he will beatify John Paul on May 1.

    John Paul II's Blood To Be Relic In Church

  • Last week, Pope Benedict XVI announced he will beatify the late pope on May 1.

    Polish church to install vial of Pope John Paul II's blood as holy relic

  • Pope Benedict XVI attributed a medical miracle to the intercession of the late Pope John Paul II and announced plans to beatify his predecessor during a Vatican ceremony on May 1.

    World Watch

  • North Korean students are taught Revolutionary History from elementary school to university, a subject full of tales that mystify and beatify the Kim dynasty, said Jun Myung-ho, a defector based in Seoul, who worked in North Korea's ruling Workers' Party for nine years before escaping to the South in 2004.

    Pyongyang Myth-Builders Step It Up

  • VATICAN CITY Evidence is mounting that the pope will soon approve the miracle needed to beatify Pope John Paul II, setting the stage for a major celebration this year for a Catholic Church trying to recover from the clerical sex abuse scandal.

    John Paul II moves closer to first step toward sainthood

  • The plans to beatify John Paul II have also generated some criticism from victims of sexual abuse by priests.

    Pope John Paul II Gets Closer to Sainthood

  • In order to beatify John Paul II, Benedict must officially sign off on the miraculous nature of the case.

    John Paul II Moves Closer To First Step Toward Sainthood

  • ROME — Pope Benedict XVI attributed a medical miracle to the intercession of the late Pope John Paul II on Friday and announced plans to beatify his predecessor during a Vatican ceremony on May 1.

    Pope John Paul II Gets Closer to Sainthood

  • The intriguing question now is will Pope Benedict XVI make an exception and personally beatify, either in Rome or in England, the best-known 19th century English Churchman, Blessed John Henry Newman.

    Cardinals Approve Miracle for Newman Beatification

  • The Vatican has decreed that Sister Marie Simone-Pierre's inexplicable healing was the miracle needed to beatify John Paul, a process that will reach its culmination Sunday during a Mass in St. Peter's Square celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI.Benedict put John Paul on the fast-track for possible sainthood when he dispensed with the traditional five-year waiting period and allowed the beatification process to begin weeks after his April 2, 2005 death.

    Pope John Paul II honored on eve of beatification

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