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beatific

[bee-uh-tif-ik]
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adjective
  1. bestowing bliss, blessings, happiness, or the like: beatific peace.
  2. blissful; saintly: a beatific smile.

Origin of beatific

1630–40; (< F) < Late Latin beātificus making happy, equivalent to beāt(us) (past participle of beāre; be- bless + -āt(us) -ate1) + -i- -i- + -ficus -fic
Related formsbe·a·tif·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·be·a·tif·ic, adjectivenon·be·a·tif·i·cal·ly, adverb

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2. serene, exalted, angelic, rapturous.
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Examples from the Web for beatifically

Historical Examples

  • Did you ever see anything so beatifically happy as that couple are?

    Miss Billy's Decision

    Eleanor H. Porter

  • Beatifically he breathed whiskied breath at me as he stared in unsteady surprise.

  • He righted himself, looked astonished, then beatifically self-approving.

    The Planet Strappers

    Raymond Zinke Gallun

  • The miner's daughter was so beatifically happy that the girls found a new and most satisfying thrill in her enjoyment.

  • Often Beth would smile so beatifically that her mother thought she must be thinking of angels and heaven.

    A Little Florida Lady

    Dorothy C. Paine


British Dictionary definitions for beatifically

beatific

adjective
  1. displaying great happiness, calmness, etca beatific smile
  2. of, conferring, or relating to a state of celestial happiness
Derived Formsbeatifically, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin beātificus, from Latin beātus, from beāre to bless + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for beatifically

beatific

adj.

1630s, from French béatifique or directly from Late Latin beatificus, from Latin beatus "blessed" (see beatify). Related: Beatifical (c. 1600); beatifically.

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