Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Showing or producing exalted joy or blessedness: a beatific smile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. blessed, blissful, heavenly
  • adj. having a benign appearance

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the power to impart or complete blissful enjoyment; blissful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Blessing or making happy; imparting bliss.
  • Blessed; blissful; exaltedly happy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by utter benignity; resembling or befitting an angel or saint
  • adj. experiencing or bestowing celestial joy

Etymologies

Latin beātificus : beātus, happy (from past participle of beāre, to bless; see deu-2 in Indo-European roots) + -ficus, -fic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From beatify, from Latin beatificare ("make blessed"), from beatus ("blessed") + ficare ("make"), variant of facere. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Also of note: the picture of Erica looking beatific is amazing, and the Lion King pose Shawn is doing with Jude in that one pic is amazing.

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  • What is the experience we call the beatific vision in heaven?

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • She knew that often, an expression of beatific peace appeared on the deceased’s face just before death’s final blow.

    LADY of SKYE

  • To see God face to face, which is called the beatific vision, is not the natural destiny of man, nor of any possible creature.

    Moral Philosophy

  • In other ages he would have been canonized as a saint or called the beatific doctor; but in Boston he was a heretic and a reformer, who sought to lead men into a faith that is ethical, sincere, and humanitarian.

    Unitarianism in America

  • The crisis ran through its usual course, ending in a state of rapture, during which she enjoyed for days 'a kind of beatific vision of God. '

    Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)

  • But he seems to have thought that going to court was like going to heaven; that to see princes and princesses was a kind of beatific vision; that the exquisite felicity enjoyed by royal persons was not confined to themselves, but was communicated by some mysterious efflux or reflection to all who were suffered to stand at their toilettes, or to bear their trains.

    Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)

  • Though Kerouac and Ginsberg each sought to elevate the term "Beat Generation" into something "beatific," John Clellon Holmes, who gave the term currency in a 1952 article, paraphrased Kerouac saying, "It involves a sort of nakedness of mind, and ultimately, of soul," a feeling of being beaten down to the bedrock of consciousness.

    post-gazette.com - News

  • By contrast, the members of Tinariwen radiate a kind of beatific serenity.

    The Guardian World News

  • "beatific," of ideal personalities in life and art, yet these moments were a very costly matter: they paid a great price for them, in the sacrifice of a thousand possible sympathies, of things only to be enjoyed through sympathy, from which they detached themselves, in intellectual pride, in loyalty to a mere theory that would take nothing for granted, and assent to no approximate or hypothetical truths.

    Marius the Epicurean — Volume 2

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