1530s, "to make very happy," from post-Classical L. beatificare
"make happy, make blessed," from L. beatus
"supremely happy, blessed" (pp. of beare
"to make happy, to bless") + -ficare
, from stem of facere
"to make, do" (see factitious
). The Roman Catholic Church sense of "to pronounce as being in heavenly bliss" (1620s) is the first step toward canonization.