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Beatified Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    beatified adj : Roman Catholic; proclaimed one of the blessed and thus worthy of veneration [syn: blessed]
Beatified Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    beatify v
  1. fill with sublime emotion; tickle pink (exhilarate is obsolete in this usage); "The children were thrilled at the prospect of going to the movies"; "He was inebriated by his phenomenal success" [syn: exhilarate, inebriate, thrill, exalt]
  2. make blessedly happy
  3. declare (a dead person) to be blessed; the first step of achieving sainthood; "On Sunday, the martyr will be beatified by the Vatican" [also: beatified]
Beatified Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    beatified See beatify
Beatified Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Beatify \Be*at"i*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Beatified (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Beatifying.] [L. beatificare; beatus happy (fr. beare to bless, akin to bonus good) + facere to make: cf. F. b['e]atifier. See Bounty.]
  1. To pronounce or regard as happy, or supremely blessed, or as conferring happiness. The common conceits and phrases that beatify wealth. --Barrow.
  2. To make happy; to bless with the completion of celestial enjoyment. ``Beatified spirits.'' --Dryden.
  3. (R. C. Ch.) To ascertain and declare, by a public process and decree, that a deceased person is one of ``the blessed'' and is to be reverenced as such, though not canonized.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Beatified'

Beatification (from Latin beatus, blessed, via Greek μακάριος, makarios and Latin facere, make) is a recognition accorded by the Catholic Church of a dead person's entrance into Heaven and capacity to intercede on behalf of individuals who pray in his or her name (intercession of saints). Beatification is the third of the four steps in the canonization process. A person who is beatified is given the title "Blessed".

The word "beatification" probably came in use after the fourth century when it was introduced in the church at Carthage, but the idea is older. In earlier ages this honor was entirely local and passed from one diocese to another with the permission of their bishops. This is clear from the fact that early Christian cemeteries contain paintings only of local martyrs. Some beatifications by bishops in the Middle Ages were almost scandalous by modern standards. For instance, Charlemagne was beatified by a court bishop soon after his death. He was never canonized, and his veneration has been mostly suppressed, though permission is given to celebrate Mass in his honor in the cities of Aachen and Osnabrück, but without using the title of "Blessed".

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