• WordNet 3.6
    • n beatification (Roman Catholic Church) an act of the Pope who declares that a deceased person lived a holy life and is worthy of public veneration; a first step toward canonization
    • n beatification the action of rendering supremely blessed and extremely happy
    • n beatification a state of supreme happiness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Beatification The act of beatifying, or the state of being beatified; esp., in the R. C. Church, the act or process of ascertaining and declaring that a deceased person is one of “the blessed,” or has attained the second degree of sanctity, -- usually a stage in the process of canonization. "The beatification of his spirit."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n beatification The act of beatifying or of rendering or pronouncing happy; the state of being blessed; blessedness.
    • n beatification In the Roman Catholic Church, the act by which a deceased person is declared to be beatified, or one of the blessed, and therefore a proper subject of a certain degree or kind of public religious honor. This is now an exclusive prerogative of the pope, but for several centuries it was also exercised by local bishops or metropolitans. It is usually the second step toward canonization, and cannot take place till fifty years after the death of the person to be beatified, except in the case of martyrs. The process is an elaborate one, consisting of thirteen or fourteen stages, and extending over many years, during which the claims of the reputed saint are carefully and strictly investigated. If the final result is favorable, the pope's decree is publicly read in the pontifical church, the image and relics of the newly beatified are incensed, etc. See canonization.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Beatification act of beatifying:
    • n Beatification (R.C. Church) a declaration by the Pope that a person is blessed in heaven, authorising a certain definite form of public reverence payable to him—the first step to canonisation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. béatification,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. beatus, blessed, and facĕre, to make.


In literature:

His expression was beatific, enraptured.
"Cheerful--By Request" by Edna Ferber
That is the beatific vision.
"Heart of Man" by George Edward Woodberry
BEATIFICATION, religious honour allowed by the pope to certain who are not so eminent in sainthood as to entitle them to canonisation.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Her beatification commenced yesterday afternoon, exactly at forty minutes after six.
"Clarissa Harlowe, Volume 9 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
It implies the enjoyment of the Beatific Vision.
"Our Lady Saint Mary" by J. G. H. Barry
The next life is of 1722, and the author made use of the facts collected for Joseph's beatification.
"Cock Lane and Common-Sense" by Andrew Lang
His heart went out to her, and he contemplated the smile in a pleased, beatific silence.
"Helen with the High Hand (2nd ed.)" by Arnold Bennett
When the time arrives for a beatific vision Blougram will be ready to adapt himself to the new state of things.
"Robert Browning" by Edward Dowden
She moved slowly with a beatifical expression of felicity.
"A Love Episode" by Emile Zola
Second, that they will not enjoy the beatific vision outside of heaven.
"The Seeker" by Harry Leon Wilson

In poetry:

"And can the beatific, bright,
Sheen prospect sorrow move?"
"We see the whole world in the light
Of pity and of love."
"Immortal Eve - IV" by Manmohan Ghose
Then one faint sign; whereat — as if she knew
Behind it all the Beatific Sight
Lay veiled — with awful hand she backward drew
The curtain from the light.
"The Gate Of Death" by Samuel John Stone
So do the beatific speak;
Yet have they ears, and eyes as well;
And if not with a paler cheek,
They feel the shivers in them dwell,
That something of a dubious future tell.
"The Call" by George Meredith
So is it, likewise, with most dying saints;
They see e'en here the beatific sight;
The spirit then breaks thro' this world's restraints,
And enters into heaven's effulgent light.
"A Glimpse Of Heaven" by Joseph Horatio Chant
O beatific life! Who is there shall gainsay,
Your great refusal's victory, your little loss,
Deserting vanity for the more perfect way,
The sweeter service of the most dolorous Cross.
"Carthusians" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
O triply beatific those
Whose state is classified as married,
Untroubled by the green-eyed woes,
By such upheavals never harried.
Ay, three times happy are the wed ones,
Who cleave together till they're dead ones.
"Jealousy" by Franklin Pierce Adams

In news:

"We were playing for our lives," Pete Vaziri said in the euphoric aftermath of Friday's beatific 33-14 victory under the lights at McGann-Mercy in Riverhead.
Bowie beatification at Stardust Sunday.
In the midst of the royal wedding and Osama bin Laden's death, Team Catholic was celebrating the beatification of Pope John Paul II.
ROME (AP) — Thousands of young people flooded an ancient Roman field Saturday for an all-night prayer vigil honoring Pope John Paul II on the eve of his beatification , remembering his teachings, travels and his own suffering.
Pope John Paul II's body exhumed ahead of beatification .
Vast Majority of Americans Admire Pope John Paul II and Applaud His Beatification .
John Paul II relics appear as beatification nears.
The beatification will nevertheless be the fastest on record, coming a little more than six years after his death and beating out Mother Teresa's then-record beatification in 2003 by a few days.
Hoax may have been engineered to promote beatification, expert says.
Pope Benedict leaves on Thursday for his voyage to Scotland and England, culminating in the beatification of John Henry Newman next Sunday in Birmingham.
CITY OF GROSSE POINTE — A notion to dress up city gardens won notice from a state beatification group.
One year after Mother Marianne Cope's beatification, a look back at the courageous souls who showed compassion for Hawaii's lepers.
The beatification of Mother Teresa was conducted on Oct 19, 2003.
This month marks the beatification of John Henry Newman (1801–90), long considered a saint by some and even worthy of being declared a doctor of the church.
Bill Cork on John Allen on Pope Benedict's upcoming beatification of Fr Gabino Olaso Zabala.