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beatify

[bee-at-uh-fahy]
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verb (used with object), be·at·i·fied, be·at·i·fy·ing.
  1. to make blissfully happy.
  2. Roman Catholic Church. to declare (a deceased person) to be among the blessed and thus entitled to specific religious honor.
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Origin of beatify

1525–35; < Middle French beatifier < Late Latin beātificāre. See beatific
Can be confusedbeatify beautify
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Historical Examples

  • He does also many things through angels; but only from Himself does He beatify angels.

    The City of God, Volume I

    Aurelius Augustine

  • It is an innate element of the human constitution, designed to beautify and beatify man.


British Dictionary definitions for beatify

beatify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. (tr) RC Church (of the pope) to declare formally that (a deceased person) showed a heroic degree of holiness in his or her life and therefore is worthy of public veneration: the first step towards canonization
  2. (tr) to make extremely happy
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Derived Formsbeatification (bɪˌætɪfɪˈkeɪʃən), noun

Word Origin

C16: from Old French beatifier, from Late Latin beātificāre to make blessed; see beatific
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Word Origin and History for beatify

v.

1530s, "to make very happy," from Middle French béatifer, from Late Latin beatificare "make happy, make blessed," from Latin beatus "supremely happy, blessed" (past participle of beare "to make happy, to bless") + -ficare, from stem of facere "to make, do" (see factitious). The Roman Catholic Church sense of "to pronounce as being in heavenly bliss" (1620s) is the first step toward canonization. Related: Beatified; beatifying.

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