- The definition of beatify is to cause great happiness.
An example of beatify is to give a loved one a meaningful gift.
- Beatify is defined as to have the Pope name a deceased person one of heaven's blessed, giving them the title “Blessed” along with a public honoring.
An example of beatify is Pope Benedict XVI giving Pope John Paul II the honor and title of being one of the “Blessed.”
transitive verb-·fied·, -·fy·ing
- to make blissfully happy
- R.C.Ch. to declare (a deceased person), by public statement, to be in heaven and entitled to some public veneration
Origin of beatifyMiddle French from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin beatificare from Ecclesiastical Late Latin from beatus, happy, blessed from Classical Latin (see bonus) + facere, to make, do
transitive verbbe·at·i·fied, be·at·i·fy·ing, be·at·i·fies
- 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.
- To exalt; glorify: “There was no dearth of criticism even after Beethoven was beatified” ( Paul Henry Lang )
Origin of beatifyFrench beatifier from Late Latin beātificāre Latin beātus happy ; see beatific . Latin -ficāre -fy
(third-person singular simple present beatifies, present participle beatifying, simple past and past participle beatified)
From French béatifier, from Medieval Latin beātifico (“I bless”)