be·​at·​i·​tude bē-ˈa-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce beatitude (audio)
: a state of utmost bliss
used as a title for a primate especially of an Eastern church
Christianity : any of the declarations made in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3–11) beginning in the King James Version "Blessed are"

Examples of beatitude in a Sentence

not from earthly riches but from the milk of human kindness comes true beatitude
Recent Examples on the Web God must possess perfect beatitude, perfect happiness and perfect well-being. Helen De Cruz, The Conversation, 20 Aug. 2020 Some conservative Catholics on social media responded with ridicule to headlines saying that Francis had proposed six new Beatitudes. Laurie Goodstein, New York Times, 1 Nov. 2016 Hearing Jesus deliver the beatitudes, Judas mutters disbelieving asides. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, 14 May 2017

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of beatitude was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Beatitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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be·​at·​i·​tude bē-ˈat-ə-ˌt(y)üd How to pronounce beatitude (audio)
: any of the declarations made in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3–12) beginning "Blessed are"

derived from Latin beatus "happy, blessed"

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