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 formsbe·a·tif·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·be·a·tif·ic, adjectivenon·be·a·tif·i·cal·ly, adverb

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Contemporary Examples of beatific

  • Here, some reluctant participants at a family reunion are transformed in a beatific bunch by a ride in the Caravan.

  • Clearly bewildered by the proceedings, she had a beatific smile, delighted that everyone was making a fuss over her.

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Historical Examples of beatific

British Dictionary definitions for beatific



displaying great happiness, calmness, etca beatific smile
of, conferring, or relating to a state of celestial happiness
Derived Formsbeatifically, adverb

Word Origin for beatific

C17: from Late Latin beātificus, from Latin beātus, from beāre to bless + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for beatific

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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