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beatify

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v beatify declare (a dead person) to be blessed; the first step of achieving sainthood "On Sunday, the martyr will be beatified by the Vatican"
    • v beatify make blessedly happy
    • v beatify fill with sublime emotion "The children were thrilled at the prospect of going to the movies","He was inebriated by his phenomenal success"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Beatify (R. C. Ch) To ascertain and declare, by a public process and decree, that a deceased person is one of “the blessed,” and is to be reverenced as such, though not canonized.
    • Beatify To make happy; to bless with the completion of celestial enjoyment. "Beatified spirits."
    • Beatify To pronounce or regard as happy, or supremely blessed, or as conferring happiness. "The common conceits and phrases that beatify wealth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • beatify To make supremely happy; bless with the completion of celestial enjoyment: as,“beatified spirits,”
    • beatify To pronounce or regard as happy, or as conferring happiness.
    • beatify Specifically In the Roman Catholic Church, to decree beatification.
    • beatify Hence To ascribe extraordinary virtue or excellence to; regard as saintly or exalted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Beatify bē-at′i-fī to make blessed or happy: to declare to be in the enjoyment of eternal happiness in heaven
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. beatificare,; beatus, happy (fr. beare, to bless, akin to bonus, good) + facere, to make: cf. F. béatifier,. See Bounty
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. beatus, blessed, and facĕre, to make.

Usage

In literature:

Mr. Dawson was beatified.
"Main Street" by Sinclair Lewis
Nay here in these ages, such as they are, have we not two mere Poets, if not deified, yet we may say beatified?
"Heroes and Hero Worship" by Thomas Carlyle
Howard is a beautiful Philanthropist, eulogized by Burke, and in most men's minds a sort of beatified individual.
"Latter-Day Pamphlets" by Thomas Carlyle
And there she lay beatified and calm.
"Selected Stories" by Bret Harte
They felt, perhaps, something of the raptures of the Blessed Virgin who is Mother and Wife and at the same time the beatified Handmaid of God.
"The Cathedral" by Joris-Karl Huysmans
Across immaculate decks, and in the immortal whiff, indefinable, of a fine ship just off the high seas, trod the beatified club.
"Plum Pudding" by Christopher Morley
Laodice with her intent gaze on the beatified face put her hand to her heart.
"The City of Delight" by Elizabeth Miller
We are next presented with a list of forty "levitated" persons, canonized or beatified by the Church of Rome.
"Lost Leaders" by Andrew Lang
He was beatified by the Church for his great virtues.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III." by John Symonds
He was beatified by the Church for his great virtues.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
He let his hands fall, closed his eyes for a second, then opened them and came toward her with his face beatified.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
The heaven-born inventor's face widened in beatified smiles of expectation at this, but Eph looked him sternly in the eye.
"Good Cheer Stories Every Child Should Know" by Various
Nay here in these pages, such as they are, have we not two mere Poets, if not deified, yet we may say beatified?
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
Of all mortal men beatified 10 Whose joy and gladness greater be than mine?
"The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus" by Caius Valerius Catullus
The Vision interpreted his action, and signalized her appreciation of it by a sort of beatified chuckle.
"Little Miss Grouch" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
In every sense he was abnormal, just as abnormal as Joan of Arc, Saint Anthony, Saint Francis, or a dozen others who have been beatified.
"The Minister of Evil" by William Le Queux
He sat and looked at her for some time, and the love in his soul beatified his countenance.
"The Man from Jericho" by Edwin Carlile Litsey
On the 9th of December 1886 he was beatified by Pope Leo XIII.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 4" by Various
The village must set an example to less beatified hamlets, such as Ocknell, for example.
"The Soul of Susan Yellam" by Horace Annesley Vachell
Yet part of their very joy consists in measuring the exact accord between the merits and the blessedness of the beatified.
"Dante" by Philip H. Wicksteed
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In poetry:

Kind-hearted CAPTAIN REECE, R.N.,
Was quite devoted to his men;
In point of fact, good CAPTAIN REECE
Beatified THE MANTELPIECE.
"Captain Reece" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Little One, Little One, Saviour and Child,
Father and Mother, my Husband and Son;
Born of the lily, the maid undefiled,
Babe of my Love, the Beatified One.
"Bethlehem" by Michael Fairless

In news:

Pope John Paul II was beatified Sunday, or became a "blessed," an honor he bestowed on more Catholics than all previous popes combined.
As Pope John Paul II is beatified, here's an explanation of how the canonization process works.
As the Virginia boy waited for a possible liver transplant, his grandfather started praying to the late Pope John Paul II, who died in 2005 and will be beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday.
A 19th century French priest whose followers have educated and cared for children in New Orleans for more than 150 years will be beatified in his hometown today before an audience filled with New Orleanians.
Church moves to beatify Civil Rights priest from Bed-Stuy.
The Polish pope, who died April 2, 2005, will be beatified May 1.
The pope beatifies Mother Teresa, a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a fraud.
IF THE Czechs, along with much of the rest of the world, beatified Václav Havel, Slovakia often did not understand him.
Widely admired, Pope John Paul II already has been beatified and is on the fast track to sainthood.
Pope Beatifies John Paul II .
John Paul II beatified in Vatican ceremony.
Pope John Paul nears sainthood, to be beatified (VIDEO).
John Paul II moved closer to sainthood Friday as the Vatican announced he will be beatified later this year.
Beaned and Beatified, Mike Piazza Arises as City's New Mr Baseball.
In 1909 — the year Joan of Arc was beatified — scientists declared it "highly probable" that the relics were hers.
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