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seraphic

[si-raf-ik]
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adjective
  1. of, like, or befitting a seraph.
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Often se·raph·i·cal.

Origin of seraphic

From the Medieval Latin word seraphicus, dating back to 1625–35. See seraphim, -ic
Related formsse·raph·i·cal·ly, adverbse·raph·i·cal·ness, nounnon·se·raph·ic, adjectivenon·se·raph·i·cal, adjectivenon·se·raph·i·cal·ly, adverbsu·per·se·raph·ic, adjectivesu·per·se·raph·i·cal, adjectivesu·per·se·raph·i·cal·ly, adverbun·se·raph·ic, adjectiveun·se·raph·i·cal, adjectiveun·se·raph·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for seraphic

Historical Examples

  • Nat endeavoured to assume a seraphic expression, and partially succeeded.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • John could have choked him, but he answered: "Yes, it is seraphic."

  • Only thirty-seven when he died, his seraphic beauty was never marred by age.

    Great Artists, Vol 1.

    Jennie Ellis Keysor

  • The sensualist has brutified the seraphic nature with which he was endowed.

    Deerbrook

    Harriet Martineau

  • She gave me a seraphic smile, as if she knew what was passing in my mind.


British Dictionary definitions for seraphic

seraphic

seraphical

adjective
  1. of or resembling a seraph
  2. blissfully serene; rapt
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Derived Formsseraphically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for seraphic

adj.

1630s, from Church Latin seraphicus, from seraphim (see seraph). Related: Seraphical (1560s).

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