Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Showing or producing exalted joy or blessedness.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective blessed, blissful, heavenly
  • adjective having a benign appearance

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Latin beātificus : beātus, happy (from past participle of beāre, to bless; see deu- in Indo-European roots) + -ficus, -fic.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From beatify, from Latin beatificare ("make blessed"), from beatus ("blessed") + ficare ("make"), variant of facere.

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.

    newsfeed « paper fruit

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

    Last Things: Heaven and Hell

  • 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

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  • See beatnik.

    September 1, 2007