beatitude

noun
be·at·i·tude | \ bē-ˈa-tə-ˌtüd , -ˌtyüd \

Definition of beatitude 

1a : a state of utmost bliss

b Christianity used as a title for a primate especially of an Eastern church

2 Christianity : any of the declarations made in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3–11) beginning in the King James Version "Blessed are"

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Examples of beatitude in a Sentence

not from earthly riches but from the milk of human kindness comes true beatitude

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Some conservative Catholics on social media responded with ridicule to headlines saying that Francis had proposed six new Beatitudes. Laurie Goodstein, New York Times, "Pope Francis Says Ban on Female Priests Is Likely to Endure," 1 Nov. 2016 Hearing Jesus deliver the beatitudes, Judas mutters disbelieving asides. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Review: Elgar’s ‘The Apostles’ Is Rescued From Being Overlooked," 14 May 2017

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First Known Use of beatitude

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for beatitude

borrowed from Latin beātitūdō, from beātus "happy, fortunate" + -tūdō, suffix of abstract nouns — more at beatific

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