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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Definitions for beatify

  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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Citations for beatify
In spite of his infirmities, in spite of his sufferings, in spite of his obscurity, he was the happiest man alive… For certainly it is natural that the love of light, which is already in some measure, the possession of light, should irradiate and beatify the whole life of him who has it. Matthew Arnold, "Joubert," Essays in Criticism, 1865
…Pope John Paul II beatified Mother Teresa of Calcutta as an "icon of the Good Samaritan" today, declaring her close to sainthood before tens of thousands of worshipers in St. Peter's Square. Alan Cowell, "Pope Beatifies Mother Teresa," New York Times, October 19, 2003
Origin of beatify
Beatify can be traced to the Latin verb beātificāre meaning "to make happy." It entered English in the mid-1500s with spiritual associations.