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[bee-at-i-tood, -tyood] /biˈæt ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
supreme blessedness; exalted happiness.
(often initial capital letter) any of the declarations of blessedness pronounced by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.
Origin of beatitude
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin beātitūdō perfect happiness, equivalent to beāti- (see beatific) + -tūdō -tude Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Among the beatitudes certain differences appear, in each of which the Nephite sermon is more explicit.

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • There was the street of a Thousand beatitudes, which, let us pray, were enjoyed by its founder.

  • In the beatitudes, for example, five are word for word in the two versions, while the other three are only slightly changed.

    The Greatest English Classic Cleland Boyd McAfee
  • “The poor in spirit,”—the “mourner,”—the “meek,”—claim His first beatitudes.

    The Mind of Jesus John R. Macduff
  • And yet they write about it as though it were the very head and front of all the beatitudes!'

  • For instance, the "beatitudes" do not appear in either Mark or John.

  • He hugs himself to his own heart as the embodiment of all the virtues of the decalogue and the beatitudes.

    The Broken Sword Dennison Worthington
  • The Buddhists, like the Christians, have got their beatitudes.

  • At the entrance of Cheapside a third pageant represented the eight beatitudes.

    London Walter Besant
  • It may not be the fault of the progressive people of Toledo that they have not these beatitudes.

    Broke Edwin A. Brown
British Dictionary definitions for beatitudes


supreme blessedness or happiness
an honorific title of the Eastern Christian Church, applied to those of patriarchal rank
Word Origin
C15: from Latin beātitūdō, from beātus blessed; see beatific


(New Testament) any of eight distinctive sayings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3–11) in which he declares that the poor, the meek, those that mourn, the merciful, the peacemakers, the pure of heart, those that thirst for justice, and those that are persecuted will, in various ways, receive the blessings of heaven
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Word Origin and History for beatitudes



early 15c., "supreme happiness," from Middle French béatitude (15c.) and directly from Latin beatitudinem (nominative beatitudo) "state of blessedness," from past participle stem of beare "make happy," related to bene-. As "a declaration of blessedness" (usually plural, beatitudes, especially in reference to the Sermon on the Mount) it is attested from 1520s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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beatitudes in Culture

Beatitudes definition

(bee-at-uh-toohdz, bee-at-uh-tyoohdz) Eight sayings of Jesus at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount. The word is from the Latin beatus, meaning “blessed,” and each of the Beatitudes begins with the word blessed. They include “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth” and “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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