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[ahrk-eyn-juh l] /ˈɑrkˌeɪn dʒəl/
Theology. a chief or principal angel; in medieval angelology one of the nine orders of celestial attendants on God.
Compare angel (def 1).
angelica (def 1).
Origin of archangel
early Middle English
before 1000; early Middle English arc(h)angel < Anglo-French, Old French arc(h)ang(e)le < Late Latin archangelus < Greek archángelos; replacing Old English hēahengel; see high, arch-1, angel
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[ahrk-an-jel-ik] /ˌɑrk ænˈdʒɛl ɪk/ (Show IPA),
archangelical, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for archangelic
Historical Examples
  • Impossible to blame a chair for not being as reasonable, as archangelic as I am myself!

    The Human Machine E. Arnold Bennett
  • After his defeat, what can be more impressive than his all-enduring archangelic passion, glorious in its all-defying mood?

    Vondel's Lucifer Joost van den Vondel
  • A thousand times over I was duped by dreams of an archangelic fusion of the opposing forces in the great strife of ideas.

  • Perhaps that steep of light is the dwelling-place of angels cherubic, seraphic, archangelic.

    New Tabernacle Sermons Thomas De Witt Talmage
  • It is goldsmith's work on a gigantic scale, this marble reliquary of the archangelic painter.

    The Story of Florence Edmund G. Gardner
  • archangelic smiles must broaden into silent laughter at the mere mention of "a Potage of Green Geese."

    The Feasts of Autolycus

    Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • Meanwhile, we trust that a watchful eye will be kept upon the angelic footmen and archangelic coachman.

British Dictionary definitions for archangelic


a port in NW Russia, on the Dvina River: major centre for the timber trade and White Sea fisheries. Pop: 345 000 (2005 est) Russian name Arkhangelsk


a principal angel, a member of the order ranking immediately above the angels in medieval angelology
another name for angelica (sense 1)
yellow archangel, a Eurasian herbaceous plant (Lamiastrum luteum) that has yellow helmet-shaped flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
a bronze-coloured breed of domestic pigeon with black markings
Derived Forms
archangelic (ˌɑːkænˈdʒɛlɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for archangelic

mid-15c.; see archangel + -ic.



late 12c., from Old French archangel (12c.) or directly from Late Latin archangelus, from Greek arkhangelos "chief angel," from arkh- "chief, first" (see archon) + angelos (see angel). Replaced Old English heah encgel.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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