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[bee-at-i-tood, -tyood]
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  1. supreme blessedness; exalted happiness.
  2. (often initial capital letter) any of the declarations of blessedness pronounced by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.
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Origin of beatitude

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin beātitūdō perfect happiness, equivalent to beāti- (see beatific) + -tūdō -tude
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Historical Examples

  • Roudier and Granoux came to rouse him from this state of beatitude.

    The Fortune of the Rougons

    Emile Zola

  • There is a beatitude for such as you—'Blessed are the poor in spirit.'


    Raphael Sabatini

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for beatitude


  1. supreme blessedness or happiness
  2. an honorific title of the Eastern Christian Church, applied to those of patriarchal rank
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Word Origin

C15: from Latin beātitūdō, from beātus blessed; see beatific


  1. 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
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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.

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