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[bee-at-i-tood, -tyood] /biˈæt ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
supreme blessedness; exalted happiness.
(often initial capital letter) any of the declarations of blessedness pronounced by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.
Origin of beatitude
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin beātitūdō perfect happiness, equivalent to beāti- (see beatific) + -tūdō -tude Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Although her eyes were so glorious, and beaming with eternity, this distant sort of beatitude was not much to my liking.

    Lorna Doone R. D. Blackmore
  • But it may be punished after death by a shorter or longer exclusion from that beatitude.

  • It gains in beatitude or, if no progress has been made, it seeks a refuge in the bodies of animals and people of mean appetites.

    Monumental Java J. F. Scheltema
  • Paten smiled pleasantly at this picture of beatitude, and smoked on.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • All of beauty and of beatitude we conceive and strive for, ourselves are to be sometime.

    Concord Days A. Bronson Alcott
  • The worn, seamed face lifted to his was transfigured by its look of beatitude.

    David Dunne Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • Such enthusiasts, excepting when enjoying the beatitude of ecstatic exaltation, are more to be pitied than feared.

    Curiosities of Medical Experience J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
  • It exudes warmth, strength, beatitude, yet there is none of the animal.

  • Each of those six days was like a Sunday, and Sunday to Rickman was always a day of beatitude, being the day of dreams.

    The Divine Fire May Sinclair
  • For they are so filled with the joy of their beatitude that sorrow finds no place in them.

British Dictionary definitions for beatitude


supreme blessedness or happiness
an honorific title of the Eastern Christian Church, applied to those of patriarchal rank
Word Origin
C15: from Latin beātitūdō, from beātus blessed; see beatific


(New Testament) any of eight distinctive sayings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3–11) in which he declares that the poor, the meek, those that mourn, the merciful, the peacemakers, the pure of heart, those that thirst for justice, and those that are persecuted will, in various ways, receive the blessings of heaven
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for beatitude

early 15c., "supreme happiness," from Middle French béatitude (15c.) and directly from Latin beatitudinem (nominative beatitudo) "state of blessedness," from past participle stem of beare "make happy," related to bene-. As "a declaration of blessedness" (usually plural, beatitudes, especially in reference to the Sermon on the Mount) it is attested from 1520s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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