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[bee-uh-tif-ik] /ˌbi əˈtɪf ɪk/
bestowing bliss, blessings, happiness, or the like:
beatific peace.
blissful; saintly:
a beatific smile.
Origin of beatific
1630-40; (< F) < Late Latin beātificus making happy, equivalent to beāt(us) (past participle of beāre; be- bless + -āt(us) -ate1) + -i- -i- + -ficus -fic
Related forms
beatifically, adverb
nonbeatific, adjective
nonbeatifically, adverb
2. serene, exalted, angelic, rapturous. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for beatific
  • As soon as rude voice starts, conspicuously insert plugs, then stare at phone user with beatific smile.
  • He is meditating, but he does not look especially beatific.
  • From a screen beside the altar, her projected image cast a beatific gaze.
  • But when the chorus produced its beatific song of joy, little else mattered.
  • She inhaled deeply and a beatific smile brightened her face.
  • Then an almost beatific expression came over his face.
  • Unfortunately, history does not support this beatific vision of technology.
  • Over her face a serene, beatific smile had expanded, and lingered there in untroubled repose.
  • She dan- ced every dance beatific fulfilment of every girlish wish in respect to a ball.
British Dictionary definitions for beatific


displaying great happiness, calmness, etc: a beatific smile
of, conferring, or relating to a state of celestial happiness
Derived Forms
beatifically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin beātificus, from Latin beātus, from beāre to bless + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for beatific

1630s, from French béatifique or directly from Late Latin beatificus, from Latin beatus "blessed" (see beatify). Related: Beatifical (c. 1600); beatifically.

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