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[raf-ee-uh l, rey-fee-, rah-fahy-el] /ˈræf i əl, ˈreɪ fi-, ˌrɑ faɪˈɛl/
(Raffaello Santi or Sanzio) 1483–1520, Italian painter.
one of the archangels.
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “healing of the Lord.”. Unabridged
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  • At the rehearsals not a word could be extorted from the Angel Raphael.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • As Raphael is supposed to have said, all that was lacking to him was knowledge of the antique.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • Michael Angelo and Raphael could work as splendidly as they desired.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • The Transfiguration, by Raphael, is an eminent example of this peculiar merit.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Into one of these went Mr. Raphael Ristofalo, the two boys, and the apples.

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
British Dictionary definitions for Raphael


(Bible) one of the archangels; the angel of healing and the guardian of Tobias (Tobit 3:17; 5–12). Feast day: Sept 29
original name Raffaello Santi or Sanzio. 1483–1520, Italian painter and architect, regarded as one of the greatest artists of the High Renaissance. His many paintings include the Sistine Madonna (?1513) and the Transfiguration (unfinished, 1520)
Derived Forms
Raphaelesque, adjective
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Word Origin and History for Raphael

masc. proper name, Biblical archangel (Apocrypha), from Late Latin, from Greek Rhaphael, from Hebrew Repha'el, literally "God has healed," from rapha "he healed" + el "God." Raphaelesque (1832) is in reference to painter Raffaello Sanzio (1483-1520). See Pre-Raphaelite.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Raphael in Culture
Raphael [(raf-ee-uhl, ray-fee-uhl, rah-fee-el)]

A sixteenth-century Italian painter. A contemporary of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, he is known for his beautiful and gracious Madonnas and The School of Athens (see Plato's Academy).

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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