Be*at`i*fi*ca"tion (?), n. [Cf. F. b'eatification.]
The act of beatifying, or the state of being beatified; esp., in the R. C. Church, the act or process of ascertaining and declaring that a deceased person is one of "the blessed," or has attained the second degree of sanctity, -- usually a stage in the process of canonization.
of his spirit."
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