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  1. of or belonging to angels: the angelic host.
  2. like or befitting an angel, especially in virtue, beauty, etc.: angelic sweetness.
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Sometimes an·gel·i·cal.

Origin of angelic

1350–1400; Middle English angelyk < Late Latin angelicus < Greek angelikós. See angel, -ic
Related formsan·gel·i·cal·ly, adverban·gel·i·cal·ness, nounhy·per·an·gel·ic, adjectivehy·per·an·gel·i·cal, adjectivehy·per·an·gel·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·an·gel·ic, adjectivepseu·do·an·gel·ic, adjectivepseu·do·an·gel·i·cal, adjectivepseu·do·an·gel·i·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-an·gel·ic, adjectivequa·si-an·gel·i·cal·ly, adverbsu·per·an·gel·ic, adjectivesu·per·an·gel·i·cal·ly, adverb

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Related Words for angelic

virtuous, celestial, saintly, radiant, otherworldly, ethereal, heavenly, lovely, adorable, beatific, beneficent, devout, divine, entrancing, godly, good, holy, humble, innocent, pure

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Contemporary Examples of angelic

Historical Examples of angelic

  • They penned me up here with these saintly mothers and these angelic children.

  • It is an angelic delicacy, which sets you above all our sex, and even above your own.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Rut they were all accompanied with an ineffable dignity, and an angelic purity.


    William Godwin

  • With what ecstasy will he contemplate the angelic felicity of conjugal life!

    Nuts and Nutcrackers

    Charles James Lever

  • "We'll be angelic, mother," they chorused, and they really meant it.


    Jane Abbott

British Dictionary definitions for angelic


  1. of or relating to angels
  2. Also: angelical resembling an angel in beauty, purity, etc
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Derived Formsangelically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for angelic


late 15c., "pertaining to angels," from Old French angelique "angelic" (Modern French angélique (13c.), from Latin angelicus, from Greek angelikos "angelic," from angelos (see angel). Meaning "angel-like" is from late 14c.; sense of "wonderfully pure, sweet" is recorded from early 16c. Related: Angelically.

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