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be•at•i•fy /biˈætəˌfaɪ/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + object], -fied, -fy•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
be•at•i•fi•ca•tion /biˌætəfɪˈkeɪʃən/USA pronunciation n. [countable]A beatification takes some time.[uncountable]a candidate for beatification.
- Religion(in the Roman Catholic Church) to declare (a dead person) to be among the blessed and entitled to specific religious honor:The Church beatified Joan of Orleans.
(bē at′ə fī′),USA pronunciation v.t., -fied, -fy•ing.
- to make blissfully happy.
- [Rom. Cath. Ch.]to declare (a deceased person) to be among the blessed and thus entitled to specific religious honor.
- Late Latin beātificāre. See beatific
- Middle French beatifier
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beatify /bɪˈætɪˌfaɪ/ vb ( -fies, -fying, -fied)
Etymology: 16th Century: from Old French beatifier, from Late Latin beātificāre to make blessed; see beatificbeatification /bɪˌætɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/ n
- (transitive) (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
- (transitive) to make extremely happy
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