beatify

beatify

[bee-at-uh-fahy]
verb (used with object), beatified, beatifying.
1.
to make blissfully happy.
2.
Roman Catholic Church. to declare (a deceased person) to be among the blessed and thus entitled to specific religious honor.

Origin:
1525–35; < Middle French beatifier < Late Latin beātificāre. See beatific

beatify, beautify.
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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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beatify
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.
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