tr.v. be·at·i·fied, be·at·i·fy·ing, be·at·i·fies
1. Roman Catholic Church To proclaim (a deceased person) to be one of the blessed and thus worthy of public religious veneration in a particular region or religious congregation.
2. To exalt; glorify: "There was no dearth of criticism even after Beethoven was beatified" (Paul Henry Lang).
[French beatifier, from Late Latin beātificāre : Latin beātus, happy; see BEATIFIC + Latin -ficāre, -fy.]
be·at′i·fi·cation (-fĭ-kāshən) n.
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