beatify(redirected from beatifying)
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to make blessedly happy; to exalt above all others: They beatify their saints.
Not to be confused with:
beautify – to make or become beautiful: They beautify themselves for the ball.
tr.v. be·at·i·fied, be·at·i·fy·ing, be·at·i·fies
1. Roman Catholic Church To proclaim (a deceased person) to be one of the blessed and thus worthy of public religious veneration in a particular region or religious congregation.
2. To exalt; glorify: "There was no dearth of criticism even after Beethoven was beatified" (Paul Henry Lang).
[French beatifier, from Late Latin beātificāre : Latin beātus, happy; see beatific + Latin -ficāre, -fy.]
be·at′i·fi·ca′tion (-fĭ-kā′shən) n.
vb, -fies, -fying or -fied
1. (Roman Catholic Church) (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]
v.t. -fied, -fy•ing.
1. to make blissfully happy.
2. (in the Roman Catholic Church) to declare (a deceased person) to be among the blessed and thus entitled to specific religious honor.
Past participle: beatified
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|Verb||1.||beatify - fill with sublime emotion; "The children were thrilled at the prospect of going to the movies"; "He was inebriated by his phenomenal success"|
|2.||beatify - make blessedly happy|
|3.||beatify - declare (a dead person) to be blessed; the first step of achieving sainthood; "On Sunday, the martyr will be beatified by the Vatican"|