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beatification

[bee-at-uh-fi-key-shuh n] /biˌæt ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of beatifying.
2.
the state of being beatified.
3.
Roman Catholic Church. the official act of the pope whereby a deceased person is declared to be enjoying the happiness of heaven, and therefore a proper subject of religious honor and public cult in certain places.
Origin
1495-1505
1495-1505; < Late Latin beātificātiōn- (stem of beātificātiō), equivalent to beātificāt(us) (past participle of beātificāre to beatify) + -iōn- -ion; see -ate1
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  • We put together a village beatification committee last year.
  • beatification is the third of the four steps in the canonization process.
Word Origin and History for beatification
n.

c.1500, "act of rendering blessed," from Middle French béatification, noun of action and state from past participle stem of Late Latin beatificare (see beatify). As a papal declaration about the status of a deceased person, it dates from c.1600.

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