beatification

[bee-at-uh-fi-key-shuhn]
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; < Late Latin beātificātiōn- (stem of beātificātiō), equivalent to beātificāt(us) (past participle of beātificāre to beatify) + -iōn- -ion; see -ate1

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beatify (bɪˈætɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
1.  (tr) RC Church (of the pope) to declare formally that (a deceased person) showed a heroic degree of holiness in his or her life and therefore is worthy of public veneration: the first step towards canonization
2.  (tr) to make extremely happy
 
[C16: from Old French beatifier, from Late Latin beātificāre to make blessed; see beatific]
 
beatification
 
n

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beatification
c.1500, "act of rendering blessed," from Fr. béatification, from L. beatificare (see beatify). As a papal declaration about the status of a deceased person, it dates from c.1600.
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Example sentences
We put together a village beatification committee last year.
Beatification is the third of the four steps in the canonization process.
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