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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for angelical
Historical Examples
  • Our angelical painter probably was not attracted by such matters.

    Fra Angelico Jennie Ellis Keysor
  • It may be that he is angelical; And, lady, he bids me call you from these woods.

    The Countess Cathleen William Butler Yeats
  • He was called "the angelical doctor," exciting the enthusiasm of his age for his learning and piety and genius alike.

  • He wrote a nonsensical rhapsody, called the angelical Guide, shewing men and women their lot and chance in this elementary life.

  • I can still hear that air of angelical simplicity—the nightingale after a storm.

  • The critic who compares the two Christs must, it seems to me, ever decide in favor of the one made by the angelical painter.

    Fra Angelico Jennie Ellis Keysor
  • "For I must have been a little wretch," said the little fat man, folding his hands with angelical seriousness and simplicity.

  • Feltre's view of women sees the devilish or the angelical; and to most men women are knaves or ninnies.

  • In the Caucasian, the spiritual or angelical in us attains its manifestation.

  • When I saw that angelical creature in tears for the sake of her brother, I could restrain myself no longer.

    Ponce de Leon

    William Pilling
British Dictionary definitions for angelical


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 angelical



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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