beatify

[ bee-at-uh-fahy ]SEE DEFINITION OF beatify

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He does also many things through angels; but only from Himself does He beatify angels.

It is an innate element of the human constitution, designed to beautify and beatify man.

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1530s, "to make very happy," from Middle French béatifer, from Late Latin beatificare "make happy, make blessed," from Latin beatus "supremely happy, blessed" (past participle of beare "to make happy, to bless") + -ficare, from stem of facere "to make, do" (see factitious). The Roman Catholic Church sense of "to pronounce as being in heavenly bliss" (1620s) is the first step toward canonization. Related: Beatified; beatifying.

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