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beatific

[bee-uh-tif-ik] /ˌbi əˈtɪf ɪk/
adjective
1.
bestowing bliss, blessings, happiness, or the like:
beatific peace.
2.
blissful; saintly:
a beatific smile.
Origin of beatific
1630-1640
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
Synonyms
2. serene, exalted, angelic, rapturous.
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  • beatifically he breathed whiskied breath at me as he stared in unsteady surprise.

  • Did you ever see anything so beatifically happy as that couple are?

    Miss Billy's Decision Eleanor H. Porter
  • He righted himself, looked astonished, then beatifically self-approving.

    The Planet Strappers Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • The miner's daughter was so beatifically happy that the girls found a new and most satisfying thrill in her enjoyment.

  • Often Beth would smile so beatifically that her mother thought she must be thinking of angels and heaven.

    A Little Florida Lady Dorothy C. Paine
  • He was more excited than he had ever been in his life before,—and yet he was beatifically serene.

    From the Housetops George Barr McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for beatifically

beatific

/ˌbiːəˈtɪfɪk/
adjective
1.
displaying great happiness, calmness, etc: a beatific smile
2.
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 beatifically

beatific

adj.

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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