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Beatify definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

BEAT'IFY, v.t. [L. beatus, happy, from beo, to bless, and facio, to make.]
1. To make happy; to bless with the completion of celestial enjoyment.
2. In the Romish church, to declare, by a decree or public act, that a person is received into heaven, and is to be reverenced as blessed, though not canonized.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: fill with sublime emotion; "The children were thrilled at the prospect of going to the movies"; "He was inebriated by his phenomenal success" [syn: exhilarate, tickle pink, inebriate, thrill, exalt, beatify]
2: make blessedly happy
3: declare (a dead person) to be blessed; the first step of achieving sainthood; "On Sunday, the martyr will be beatified by the Vatican"

Merriam Webster's

transitive verb (-fied; -fying) Etymology: Middle French beatifier, from Late Latin beatificare, from Latin beatus + facere to make — more at do Date: 1535 1. to make supremely happy 2. to declare to have attained the blessedness of heaven and authorize the title “Blessed” and limited public religious honor • beatification noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. (-ies, -ied) 1 RC Ch. announce the beatification of. 2 make happy. Etymology: F béatifier or eccl.L beatificare f. L beatus blessed

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Beatify Be*at"i*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Beatified (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Beatifying.] [L. beatificare; beatus happy (fr. beare to bless, akin to bonus good) + facere to make: cf. F. b['e]atifier. See Bounty.] 1. To pronounce or regard as happy, or supremely blessed, or as conferring happiness. The common conceits and phrases that beatify wealth. --Barrow. 2. To make happy; to bless with the completion of celestial enjoyment. ``Beatified spirits.'' --Dryden. 3. (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.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(beatifies, beatifying, beatified) When the Catholic church beatifies someone who is dead, it declares officially that they were a holy person, usually as the first step towards making them a saint. In May, Pope John Paul is to beatify Gianna Beretta. VERB: V nbeatification Thousands attended the beatification of Juan Diego.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. 1. Enrapture, rapture, enchant, transport, enravish, ravish, make happy. 2. Pronounce in bliss (by the Pope's official act).

Moby Thesaurus

aggrandize, apotheose, apotheosize, bless, canonize, cheer, cleanse, consecrate, crown, dedicate, deify, devote, elevate, ennoble, enshrine, enthrone, exalt, gladden, glamorize, glorify, hallow, happify, immortalize, lionize, magnify, make happy, make legendary, purify, raise, saint, sanctify, set apart, set up, throne, uplift


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