beatification /bɪˌatɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/


I. noun [ mass noun]

1. (in the Roman Catholic Church) declaration by the Pope that a dead person is in a state of bliss, constituting a first step towards canonization and permitting public veneration.

a ceremony of beatification in St Peter’s Square.
– origin early 16th cent. (in the sense ‘action of making blessed’): from Old French, or from ecclesiastical Latin beatificatio(n-), from beatificare ‘make blessed’, from Latin beatus ‘blessed’.

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