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angelic

[an-jel-ik]
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adjective
  1. of or belonging to angels: the angelic host.
  2. like or befitting an angel, especially in virtue, beauty, etc.: angelic sweetness.
Sometimes an·gel·i·cal.

Origin of angelic

1350–1400; Middle English angelyk < Late Latin angelicus < Greek angelikós. See angel, -ic
Related formsan·gel·i·cal·ly, adverban·gel·i·cal·ness, nounhy·per·an·gel·ic, adjectivehy·per·an·gel·i·cal, adjectivehy·per·an·gel·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·an·gel·ic, adjectivepseu·do·an·gel·ic, adjectivepseu·do·an·gel·i·cal, adjectivepseu·do·an·gel·i·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-an·gel·ic, adjectivequa·si-an·gel·i·cal·ly, adverbsu·per·an·gel·ic, adjectivesu·per·an·gel·i·cal·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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1. ethereal, celestial, saintly, beatific, seraphic, cherubic.

Antonyms

2. fiendish, diabolic.
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Examples from the Web for angelic

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  • They penned me up here with these saintly mothers and these angelic children.

  • It is an angelic delicacy, which sets you above all our sex, and even above your own.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Rut they were all accompanied with an ineffable dignity, and an angelic purity.

    Imogen

    William Godwin

  • With what ecstasy will he contemplate the angelic felicity of conjugal life!

    Nuts and Nutcrackers

    Charles James Lever

  • "We'll be angelic, mother," they chorused, and they really meant it.

    Highacres

    Jane Abbott


British Dictionary definitions for angelic

angelic

adjective
  1. of or relating to angels
  2. Also: angelical resembling an angel in beauty, purity, etc
Derived Formsangelically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for angelic

adj.

late 15c., "pertaining to angels," from Old French angelique "angelic" (Modern French angélique (13c.), from Latin angelicus, from Greek angelikos "angelic," from angelos (see angel). Meaning "angel-like" is from late 14c.; sense of "wonderfully pure, sweet" is recorded from early 16c. Related: Angelically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper