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Thursday, November 01, 2012

beatitude

\bee-AT-i-tood\ , noun;
1.
Supreme blessedness; exalted happiness.
2.
Any of the declarations of blessedness pronounced by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.
Quotes:
Still, they were remarkable photographs, and what made them so was Perry's expression, his look of unflawed fulfillment, of beatitude, as though at last, and as in one of his dreams, a tall yellow bird had hauled him to heaven.
-- Truman Capote, In Cold Blood.
She stayed till Hannah came to take her home to dinner, but she had no appetite, and could only sit and smile upon everyone in a general state of beatitude.
-- Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
Origin:
Beatitude derives from the Latin beatus, "happy, blessed," which in turn relates to the Latin prefix bene- "good."
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