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[bee-at-i-tood, -tyood]
  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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Related Words for beatitudes

peace, ecstasy, felicity, bliss, serenity, happiness

Examples from the Web for beatitudes

Historical Examples of beatitudes

  • There was the street of a Thousand Beatitudes, which, let us pray, were enjoyed by its founder.

    Harper's Young People, May 25, 1880


  • “The poor in spirit,”—the “mourner,”—the “meek,”—claim His first beatitudes.

    The Mind of Jesus

    John R. Macduff

  • For instance, the "beatitudes" do not appear in either Mark or John.

  • These eight beatitudes are the diatonic scale of heaven's music.

  • And yet they write about it as though it were the very head and front of all the beatitudes!'

British Dictionary definitions for beatitudes


  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 for beatitude

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 beatitudes



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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

beatitudes in Culture


[(bee-at-uh-toohdz, bee-at-uh-tyoohdz)]

Eight sayings of Jesus at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount. The word is from the Latin beatus, meaning “blessed,” and each of the Beatitudes begins with the word blessed. They include “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth” and “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.”

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