[bee-at-uh-fi-key-shuh n]


the act of beatifying.
the state of being beatified.
Roman Catholic Church. the official act of the pope whereby a deceased person is declared to be enjoying the happiness of heaven, and therefore a proper subject of religious honor and public cult in certain places.

Origin of beatification

1495–1505; < Late Latin beātificātiōn- (stem of beātificātiō), equivalent to beātificāt(us) (past participle of beātificāre to beatify) + -iōn- -ion; see -ate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of beatification

Historical Examples of beatification

  • But if the beatification of the world is not a work of nature but a work of art, then it involves an artist.


    G. K. Chesterton

  • He is now like Bellarmine ranked among the venerable, and the process of his beatification is proceeding.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921

    Thomas J. Campbell

  • To rightly know myself in my relationship, this, they say, is the only qualification for beatification.

  • Her beatification commenced yesterday afternoon, exactly at forty minutes after six.

  • But I could find it in my heart to regret the witch even now that I am on the eve of beatification.


    Marion Harland

Word Origin and History for beatification

c.1500, "act of rendering blessed," from Middle French béatification, noun of action and state from past participle stem of Late Latin beatificare (see beatify). As a papal declaration about the status of a deceased person, it dates from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper