[ an-jel-ik ]
/ ænˈdʒɛl ɪk /
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of or belonging to angels: the angelic host.
like or befitting an angel, especially in virtue, beauty, etc.: angelic sweetness.
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Origin of angelic

1350–1400; Middle English angelyk<Late Latin angelicus<Greek angelikós.See angel, -ic


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What does angelic mean?

Angelic means having the qualities of an angel, such as by being beautiful, pure, or kind.

It can also be used to describe things that relate to or involve angels, as in I had a dream about angelic beings. 

In some religions, angels are heavenly beings associated with qualities such as grace, beauty, and kindliness. They are sometimes thought of as perfect beings, and the word angel is often used in a figurative way to refer to a person with these qualities.

Describing someone or something as angelic often implies that it has these qualities.

Angelic can be used to describe a person, as in You look truly angelic in that dress or Some people are kind, but Ruth is simply angelic. It can also be used to describe things. For example, you might say that a child has an angelic face or that a talented singer has an angelic voice.

The variant angelical means the same thing but is much less commonly used.

Example: The angelic sound of harp is unlike that of any other instrument.

Where does angelic come from?

The first records of the word angelic come from the 1300s. The word angel itself comes from the Greek ángelos, meaning “messenger” (and, in later contexts, “messenger of God”). The suffix -ic is used to form adjectives and means “having some characteristics of.”

Angelic is most commonly used to describe things like children’s faces and beautiful voices. Suitable synonyms for angelic are also often religious in nature, such as heavenly or saintly. The opposite of an angel is often thought to be a demon, and the adjective demonic (typically meaning “evil”) can be used as the opposite of angelic.

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What are some other forms related to angelic?

  • angelically (adverb)
  • angelical (adjective)
  • angel (noun)

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How is angelic used in real life?

Angelic is used to describe things considered pure or beautiful. It is always used positively.


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Which of the following words is a synonym of angelic?

A. lovely
B. heavenly
C. ethereal
D. all of the above

How to use angelic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for angelic

/ (ænˈdʒɛlɪk) /

of or relating to angels
Also: angelical resembling an angel in beauty, purity, etc

Derived forms of angelic

angelically, adverb
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