- 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
Examples from the Web for beatitude
Roudier and Granoux came to rouse him from this state of beatitude.The Fortune of the Rougons
There is a beatitude for such as you—'Blessed are the poor in spirit.'Love-at-Arms
Paten smiled pleasantly at this picture of beatitude, and smoked on.One Of Them
Charles James Lever
The worn, seamed face lifted to his was transfigured by its look of beatitude.David Dunne
Belle Kanaris Maniates
It exudes warmth, strength, beatitude, yet there is none of the animal.Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess
Henry W. Fischer
- supreme blessedness or happiness
- an honorific title of the Eastern Christian Church, applied to those of patriarchal rank
- 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
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.