One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The ascription of happiness to a person. rare.
2Theology. A declaration or ascription of special blessedness; = "beatitude".
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Richard Whately (1787–1863), Church of Ireland archbishop of Dublin and philosopher. From ancient Greek μακαρισμός from μακαρίζειν + -ισμός.
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