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[an-jel-ik] /ænˈdʒɛl ɪk/
of or belonging to angels:
the angelic host.
like or befitting an angel, especially in virtue, beauty, etc.:
angelic sweetness.
Sometimes, angelical.
Origin of angelic
1350-1400; Middle English angelyk < Late Latin angelicus < Greek angelikós. See angel, -ic
Related forms
angelically, adverb
angelicalness, noun
hyperangelic, adjective
hyperangelical, adjective
hyperangelically, adverb
nonangelic, adjective
pseudoangelic, adjective
pseudoangelical, adjective
pseudoangelically, adverb
quasi-angelic, adjective
quasi-angelically, adverb
superangelic, adjective
superangelically, adverb
1. ethereal, celestial, saintly, beatific, seraphic, cherubic.
2. fiendish, diabolic. Unabridged
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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.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • 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.


    Jane Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for angelic


of or relating to angels
Also angelical. resembling an angel in beauty, purity, etc
Derived Forms
angelically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for angelic

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
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