Definitions

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  • adj. Belonging to, or proceeding from, angels; resembling, characteristic of, or partaking of the nature of, an angel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as angelic.

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

  • adj. of or relating to angels
  • adj. marked by utter benignity; resembling or befitting an angel or saint
  • adj. having a sweet nature befitting an angel or cherub

Etymologies

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Latin angelicus, Ancient Greek ἀγγελικός (angelikos, "of or for a messenger, angel") + -al

Examples

  • 'angelical' -- seemed reproachfully to challenge in me recollections of things passed thousands of years ago (old indeed, yet that were made new again for us, because now first it was that we met again).

    The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 1

  • The only possible opening seemed to be to get himself made agent to negotiate a charter for Harvard; and therefore he soon had "angelical" suggestions that God needed him in England to glorify his name.

    The Emancipation of Massachusetts

  • If so, I hope the Doctor, grown "angelical," kept his temper with the mild shade of Reynolds better than on the historical occasion when he discussed with him the question of "strong drinks."

    Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 4

  • Oh, how I shuddered as the sweet sunny eyes in the sweet sunny morning of June -- the month that was my 'angelical'; half spring, yet with summer dress, that to me was very

    The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 1

  • It is a spiritual being, ‘it is a kind of angelical thing.’

    The Ten Commandments

  • A woman that is modest creates in us an awe in her company, a wish for her welfare, a joy in her being actually happy, a sore and painful sorrow if distress should come upon her, a ready and willing heart to give her consolation, and a compassionate temper towards her, in every little accident of life she undergoes; and to sum up all in one word, it causes such a kind of angelical love, even to a stranger, as good natured brothers and sisters usually bear towards one another.

    The Young Gentleman and Lady's Monitor, and English Teacher's Assistant

  • The point is about how a human apprehends the angelical form: what we would be conscious of when we are made aware of the presence of an angel.

    Angelical Participation? « Unknowing

  • He describes angelical visitations, indignations, resignations of sweet humility and strange, angelical messengers.

    Who Is Sufficient? « Unknowing

  • Nixon certainly was a crook and deserved to quit, but Kennedy and Johnson may not have been as white and angelical as we ususally think. — erik de koster, brussels

    At Last, Bernstein Meets Deep Throat - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

  • Who'd a thunk this gorgeous blonde - posing so angelical - seeming so lost in thought - perhaps about a favorite Debussy strain - could write such scary monster scenes?

    January 2007

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