beatitude

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Beatitude one of the eight sayings of Jesus at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount; in Latin each saying begins with `beatus' (blessed) "her favorite Beatitude is `Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth'"
    • n beatitude a state of supreme happiness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Beatitude Any one of the nine declarations (called the Beatitudes), made in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. v. 3-12), with regard to the blessedness of those who are distinguished by certain specified virtues.
    • Beatitude (R. C. Ch) Beatification.
    • Beatitude Felicity of the highest kind; consummate bliss.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n beatitude Supreme blessedness; felicity of the highest kind; consummate bliss; hence, in a less restricted sense, any extreme pleasure or satisfaction.
    • n beatitude One of the eight ascriptions of blessedness to those who possess particular virtues, pronounced by Christ in the Sermon on the Mount, Mat. v. 3-11: so named from the word “blessed” (in the Latin, beati), with which each declaration or ascription begins.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Beatitude bē-at′i-tūd heavenly happiness, or happiness of the highest kind:
    • n Beatitude bē-at′i-tūd (pl.) sayings of Christ in Matt. v., declaring the possessors of certain virtues to be blessed.
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Quotations

  • Alexander Pope
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    “Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed was the ninth beatitude.”
  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “There's one blessing only, the source and cornerstone of beatitude -- confidence in self.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. beatitudo,: cf. F. béatitude,. See Beatify
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. beatitudobeatus, blessed.

Usage

In literature:

Every point that his delighted eyes dwelt upon was tinged with something of the beatitude that stirred his senses.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Cesar Franck's oratorio "The Beatitudes" given by the Liederkranz Society of New York City.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
Its message is not that of disputation but of beatitude.
"Italy, the Magic Land" by Lilian Whiting
And peace and eternal beatitude be unto the soul of Thomas Paine.
"Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle" by H. N. Brailsford
It was warm and spacious and nobody disturbed her drowsy beatitude.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
He is the Beatitude of which all in the Universe are in need, for that they might receive Him they are.
"The Gnôsis of the Light" by F. Lamplugh
It "demanded" cast-iron cockades and zigzag cornices, and is "supplied" with them, to its beatitude for evermore.
"Time and Tide by Weare and Tyne" by John Ruskin
How can he be better off who has already attained beatitude?
"Pot-Boilers" by Clive Bell
But these lover-like beatitudes were interrupted by a slight shriek.
"Cynthia's Chauffeur" by Louis Tracy
On his face there appears that beatitude which words cannot express.
"Contemporary Russian Novelists" by Serge Persky
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In poetry:

My Lady of all ladies! Queen by right
Of tender beauty; full of gentle moods;
With eyes that look divine beatitudes,
Large eyes illumined with her spirit's light;
"My Lady" by Robert Fuller Murray
From long fasting Clotilde felt weary and faint,
But her eyes were starred like those of a saint
Enmeshed in Heaven's beatitude.
A sudden clamour hurled its rude
Force to break
Her vision awake.
"The Book Of Hours Of Sister Clotilde" by Amy Lowell
The still repose, the holy calm
Of this blest morn, a sacred balm
Sheds on my world-worn weary heart;
Its quiet beatitudes impart
A peace benign, a yearning love,
A wish for perfect peace above.
"The Sunday Rail: II" by Janet Hamilton
What though, remote from pomp and state,
At Caesar's court he could not shine?
Less blest had surely been his fate
Upon the lustful Palatine!
And mutual love, wherever viewed,
Is life's supreme beatitude.
"In A Columbarium" by John Lawson Stoddard
From house to house the apostles went,
With arms of truth and words of power,
By their great Master trained and sent,
His own beatitude to shower
Around them—wheresoe'er they trod—
The spirit and the might of God.
""That They also may be One in Us"" by John Bowring
Now, you yourself, Maecenas, are enjoying this beatitude;
If by no brighter beauty Ilium fell, you've cause for gratitude.
A certain Phryne keeps me on the rack with lovers numerous;
This is the artful hussy's neat conception of the humorous!
"A Tardy Apology" by Roswell Martin Field

In news:

Album art for Ric Ocasek's " Beatitude " (Album Art).
Photo special to the Town Crier The Boardman Lions made a recent donation of three 26' Huffy Cruiser bicycles and three helmets to the Beatitude House in Youngstown.
Every year, homeless children living at Beatitude House have an opportunity to pick out a gift for their mom, wrap it and put it under the Christmas tree thanks to donations from the community.
With the holidays rapidly approaching, Beatitude House is now requesting donations.
Around the World Beatitude .
Fish dinner to benefit Beatitude House.
Near the beginning of this year, our ACR team decided to spend the summer with the Beatitudes.
The Beatitudes and Just War Theory.
A series of informed reflections, Father Bird's insightful meditations on the seven beatitudes examine these teachings from the Sermon on the Mount not as abstract principles or theoretical ideas but as practical wisdom and time-tested truth.
Beatitudes That Ought to Be Service.
To 'be in that number,' The Beatitudes must be a way of life.
Let the Beatitudes Quell Your Attitudes.
Learn how to rewrite your emotional script by adopting the positive attitudes of the Beatitudes.
THE BEATITUDES AND THE EUCHARIST.
To 'be in that number,' The Beatitudes must be a way of life .
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