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[an-jel-ik] /ænˈdʒɛl ɪk/
of or belonging to angels:
the angelic host.
like or befitting an angel, especially in virtue, beauty, etc.:
angelic sweetness.
Origin of angelic
1350-1400; Middle English angelyk < Late Latin angelicus < Greek angelikós. See angel, -ic
Related forms
angelically, adverb
angelicalness, noun
hyperangelic, adjective
hyperangelical, adjective
hyperangelically, adverb
nonangelic, adjective
pseudoangelic, adjective
pseudoangelical, adjective
pseudoangelically, adverb
quasi-angelic, adjective
quasi-angelically, adverb
superangelic, adjective
superangelically, adverb
1. ethereal, celestial, saintly, beatific, seraphic, cherubic.
2. fiendish, diabolic. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for angelically
Historical Examples
  • Some saints, it is true, like Luigi di Gonzaga, were so angelically natured that they never felt the sting of sexual desire.

  • Persis angelically urged him to stay in his room and nurse his cold.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • Ay, marry, said Homenas, but you never saw these that are angelically written.

  • I never saw her so angelically beautiful as she was this morning.

    Saxe Holm's Stories Helen Hunt Jackson
  • Those who are privileged to hear him talk are delighted to find his speech divinely or angelically inspired.

    Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln Charles L. Marson
  • And so he went over the same ground and most angelically refuted himself from the beginning of his former pleading to the end.

    Law and Laughter George Alexander Morton
  • I credited the calumny with which the good fame of the angelically pure wife of an honorable man had been defiled.

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
  • It was evident that she had been roused from her slumber, but she was angelically good-tempered over it.

    The Admiral Douglas Sladen
  • He was of a surly trend in his cups, but Ten Eyck was angelically patient as he lugged him to the coat-room.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • He was to be taught to understand—nay, angelically he would understand at once—why she had behaved apparently so contradictorily.

British Dictionary definitions for angelically


of or relating to angels
Also angelical. resembling an angel in beauty, purity, etc
Derived Forms
angelically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for angelically



late 15c., "pertaining to angels," from Old French angelique "angelic" (Modern French angélique (13c.), from Latin angelicus, from Greek angelikos "angelic," from angelos (see angel). Meaning "angel-like" is from late 14c.; sense of "wonderfully pure, sweet" is recorded from early 16c. Related: Angelically.

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