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beatitude

[bee-at-i-tood, -tyood] /biˈæt ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
noun
1.
supreme blessedness; exalted happiness.
2.
(often initial capital letter) any of the declarations of blessedness pronounced by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin beātitūdō perfect happiness, equivalent to beāti- (see beatific) + -tūdō -tude
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British Dictionary definitions for beatitudes

beatitude

/bɪˈætɪˌtjuːd/
noun
1.
supreme blessedness or happiness
2.
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

Beatitude

/bɪˈætɪˌtjuːd/
noun
1.
(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

beatitude

n.

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.

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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.”

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