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- n. The state of being an angel.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of being an angel; angelic nature.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or condition of an angel; the angelic nature or character.
For all of these have been thisworlders, time liquescing into state, pitiless age grows angelhood.
But no individual human (way of being human) exhausts the fullness of humanity (the many ways of being human), and neither humanity nor angelhood exhaust the fullness of rationality (the many different ways of being rational).
The line between cowboy and angel could be no wider than an alfalfa sprout-Switters, himself, occasionally zigzagged that line-and while Hector gave promise of impending angelhood, Switters was wary of the Latin temperament, suspecting it to be unnecessarily volatile, and thus was hesitant to trumpet too loudly on Hector's behalf before the fellow proved to him that he actually had wings.
What gripped him, nourished him, enlarged and thrilled him, and molded the contours of his ego was in actuality the job within the job: the ill-defined, self-directed business of angelhood, with all of the romantic elitism with which that exercise in quixotic, but sometimes effective, subversion was colored.
He sees on through the eons -- sees things as they will or may be -- regards the objects of his adoration as he will in the angelhood.
The first beatific vision that was to greet my gaze would be, of course, that one which I was to behold most frequently throughout the æons without end -- even the face of that radiant being who had gone before, to await me in the angelhood; where, beaming seraphic upon me forever, it was to be to me the embodiment of all ideals of loveliness, grace, refinement, love.
Patient sufferers upon beds of pain have forgotten childhood years ago, and, feeding their souls on prayer, have looked forward with unutterable joy to the transition from womanhood to angelhood.
Angela was in Phyllis 'arms, and adorably asleep, with her goldy-brown lashes on her pink cheeks and a look of angelhood in every round, relaxed curve.
And Niafer rose, a living girl just such as Manuel had remembered for more than a whole year: but with that kiss all memories of paradise and all the traits of angelhood departed from her.
Like a wise guardian-angel she remembers on these occasions that he is only a man, and that men in their unwisdom may grow impatient of unalleviated guardian-angelhood; he will by and by discover his error, and she can bide her time.
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