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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

Although her eyes were so glorious, and beaming with eternity, this distant sort of beatitude was not much to my liking.
Lorna Doone R. D. Blackmore

But it may be punished after death by a shorter or longer exclusion from that beatitude.
Mystics and Saints of Islam Claud Field

It gains in beatitude or, if no progress has been made, it seeks a refuge in the bodies of animals and people of mean appetites.
Monumental Java J. F. Scheltema

Paten smiled pleasantly at this picture of beatitude, and smoked on.
One Of Them Charles James Lever

All of beauty and of beatitude we conceive and strive for, ourselves are to be sometime.
Concord Days A. Bronson Alcott

The worn, seamed face lifted to his was transfigured by its look of beatitude.
David Dunne Belle Kanaris Maniates

Such enthusiasts, excepting when enjoying the beatitude of ecstatic exaltation, are more to be pitied than feared.
Curiosities of Medical Experience J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen

It exudes warmth, strength, beatitude, yet there is none of the animal.
Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess Henry W. Fischer

Each of those six days was like a Sunday, and Sunday to Rickman was always a day of beatitude, being the day of dreams.
The Divine Fire May Sinclair

For they are so filled with the joy of their beatitude that sorrow finds no place in them.
On Prayer and The Contemplative Life St. Thomas Aquinas

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.


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