beatify (v.) 1530s, "to make very happy," from M.Fr. béatifer, from L.L. beatificare "make happy, make blessed," from L. beatus "supremely happy, blessed" (pp. of beare "to make happy, to bless") + -ficare, from stem of facere "to make, do" (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). The Roman Catholic Church sense of "to pronounce as being in heavenly bliss" (1620s) is the first step toward canonization. Related: Beatified; beatifying.

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