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[bee-uh-tif-ik] /ˌbi əˈtɪf ɪk/
bestowing bliss, blessings, happiness, or the like:
beatific peace.
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 forms
beatifically, adverb
nonbeatific, adjective
nonbeatifically, adverb
2. serene, exalted, angelic, rapturous. Unabridged
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  • 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
  • He was more excited than he had ever been in his life before,—and yet he was beatifically serene.

    From the Housetops George Barr McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for beatifically


displaying great happiness, calmness, etc: a beatific smile
of, conferring, or relating to a state of celestial happiness
Derived Forms
beatifically, 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



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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