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beatitude

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Definition a state of supreme happiness

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one of the nine sayings of Jesus at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount — each of which begin with the word "blessed" ("beatus" in Latin)
  • Her favorite Beatitude is "Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth."
beatitude = one of the nine sayings of Jesus at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount
  • ...the standard cure for one who is sunk is to consider those in actual destitution or physical suffering—this is an all-weather beatitude for gloom...
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Pasting it Together
  • ...she had no appetite, and could only sit and smile upon everyone in a general state of beatitude.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • The soul which is in the soul of each, craving a perfect beatitude, detects incongruities, defects and disproportion in the behavior of the other.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Essays, First Series
  • All of his depravity had been enacted in a vacuum of sinless and businesslike godlessness, while his soul thirsted for beatitude.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Yet, thinking on the Beatitudes, on the Sermon on the Mount, on St. John and his direct seeing and interpretation of Christ and God.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Not till I had repeated the Blessings' (he meant the Buddhist Beatitudes) 'did I achieve calm.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Like a saint's vision of beatitude.
    Eugene O'Neill  --  Long Day's Journey into Night
  • If I wasn't having one tonight it wasn't because I had passed beyond it into a state of beatitude.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • The prince had confessed unreservedly to himself that the feeling of intense beatitude in that crowded moment made the moment worth a lifetime.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • It was during such a solitude, with his body sinking and his mind lifted to beatitude, that he had hoped to give up his soul .... but it did not happen so.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • I have memorized the names of all the books of the Bible, in order, and the Ten Commandments and the Lord's Prayer, and most of the Beatitudes.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • For lunch it was the Beatitudes.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • You look like a Christian Beatitude.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • A strange look of beatitude overspread his features, his eyes sparkled in the light of the candle burning between us; he positively smiled!
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • His patients, who were all women, stood in smiling poses—provocative poses, Matron thought—that Charcot had labeled "Crucifixion" and "Beatitude."
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • She was weeping, her face contorted by the comical and ugly grimace that is far more terrible than any quiet beatitude of sorrow.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • She followed him, verse after verse, through the Beatitudes and Let your light so shine, and on, skipping, to Consider the lilies.
    Ouida Sebestyen  --  Words by Heart
  • The reward for perfect observance was Beatitude, or absorption into the being of Brahm, which was not existence as much as absolute rest.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • She stayed till Hannah came to take her home to dinner, but she had no appetite, and could only sit and smile upon everyone in a general state of beatitude.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women

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