supreme blessedness; exalted happiness.
(often initial capital letter) any of the declarations of blessedness pronounced by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.
Historical Examples

Among the beatitudes certain differences appear, in each of which the Nephite sermon is more explicit.
Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage

There was the street of a Thousand beatitudes, which, let us pray, were enjoyed by its founder.
Harper’s Young People, May 25, 1880 Various

In the beatitudes, for example, five are word for word in the two versions, while the other three are only slightly changed.
The Greatest English Classic Cleland Boyd McAfee

“The poor in spirit,”—the “mourner,”—the “meek,”—claim His first beatitudes.
The Mind of Jesus John R. Macduff

And yet they write about it as though it were the very head and front of all the beatitudes!’
Babylon, Volume 3 (of 3) Grant Allen

For instance, the “beatitudes” do not appear in either Mark or John.
The Real Jesus of the Four Gospels J. B. Atwater

He hugs himself to his own heart as the embodiment of all the virtues of the decalogue and the beatitudes.
The Broken Sword Dennison Worthington

The Buddhists, like the Christians, have got their beatitudes.
The Influence of Buddhism on Primitive Christianity Arthur Lillie

At the entrance of Cheapside a third pageant represented the eight beatitudes.
London Walter Besant

It may not be the fault of the progressive people of Toledo that they have not these beatitudes.
Broke Edwin A. Brown

supreme blessedness or happiness
an honorific title of the Eastern Christian Church, applied to those of patriarchal rank
(New Testament) any of eight distinctive sayings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3–11) in which he declares that the poor, the meek, those that mourn, the merciful, the peacemakers, the pure of heart, those that thirst for justice, and those that are persecuted will, in various ways, receive the blessings of heaven

early 15c., “supreme happiness,” from Middle French béatitude (15c.) and directly from Latin beatitudinem (nominative beatitudo) “state of blessedness,” from past participle stem of beare “make happy,” related to bene-. As “a declaration of blessedness” (usually plural, beatitudes, especially in reference to the Sermon on the Mount) it is attested from 1520s.

(bee-at-uh-toohdz, bee-at-uh-tyoohdz) Eight sayings of Jesus at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount. The word is from the Latin beatus, meaning “blessed,” and each of the Beatitudes begins with the word blessed. They include “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth” and “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.”


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