(b[-e]*[a^]t`[i^]*f[i^]*k[=a]"sh[u^]n), n. [Cf. F.
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.