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'Beatification'

Definition of 'beatification'
From: WordNet
noun
A state of supreme happiness [syn: blessedness, beatitude, beatification]
noun
The action of rendering supremely blessed and extremely happy
noun
(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
Definition of 'Beatification'
From: GCIDE
Beatification \Be*at`i*fi*ca"tion\ (b[-e]*[a^]t`[i^]*f[i^]*k[=a]"sh[u^]n), n. [Cf. F. b['e]atification.] 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." --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]
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