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See also: béatitude



From French béatitude, from Latin beātitūdō (happiness, blessedness), from beātus (happy, blessed).



beatitude (plural beatitudes)

  1. (uncountable) Supreme, utmost bliss and happiness.
    • 1887, Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet, part 1, chapter 6
      Here is Gregson coming down the road with beatitude written upon every feature of his face.
    • 1891, Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles , chapter IV
      In a large bedroom upstairs, the window of which was thickly curtained with a great woollen shawl lately discarded by the landlady, Mrs Rolliver, were gathered on this evening nearly a dozen persons, all seeking beatitude; all old inhabitants of the nearer end of Marlott, and frequenters of this retreat.
  2. Any one of the Biblical blessings given by Jesus in Matthew 5:3–12. E.g.: "Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth"(Matthew 5:5).