Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

angelic

[an-jel-ik]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
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

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
1. ethereal, celestial, saintly, beatific, seraphic, cherubic.

Antonyms

2. fiendish, diabolic.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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.


British Dictionary definitions for angelical

angelic

adjective
  1. of or relating to angels
  2. Also: angelical resembling an angel in beauty, purity, etc
Derived Formsangelically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for angelical

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