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heavenly

[hev-uh n-lee] /ˈhɛv ən li/
adjective
1.
of or in the heavens:
the heavenly bodies.
2.
of, belonging to, or coming from the heaven of God, the angels, etc.
3.
resembling or befitting heaven; blissful; beautiful:
His home in Tahiti was a heavenly spot.
4.
divine or celestial:
heavenly peace.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English hevenly, Old English heofonlīc. See heaven, -ly
Related forms
heavenliness, noun
unheavenly, adjective
Synonyms
4. supernal, sublime; seraphic, cherubic, angelic; blessed, beatific.
Antonyms
4. infernal, hellish.
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  • The pastries were made in spirals as a symbol of approaching heaven, and they are indeed heavenly.
  • The treasures, things and tools in the closed rooms of the pyramids are the heavenly gifts for the souls.
  • The wonderful aroma of the shop was heavenly to me and to this day brings warm and happy recollections.
  • Roll down your car window to catch the heavenly fragrance of sweet peas.
  • It would remain fixed in the sky of a whole hemisphere and unlike all other heavenly bodies would neither rise nor set.
  • Ancient astronomers developed ways to predict the motion of the heavenly bodies.
  • Whereas the energy that comes from above seems to have more heavenly characteristics.
  • Having children is a heavenly blessing but it's also an official duty.
  • Minutes before guests arrive, she sautés pine nuts in oil to release a heavenly aroma and the illusion of home cooking.
  • Observing the stars and other heavenly objects is harder than it used to be, when all you had to do was look up.
British Dictionary definitions for heavenly

heavenly

/ˈhɛvənlɪ/
adjective
1.
(informal) alluring, wonderful, or sublime
2.
of or occurring in space: a heavenly body
3.
divine; holy
Derived Forms
heavenliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for heavenly
adj.

Old English heofonlic "celestial; chaste;" see heaven + -ly (1). Meaning "beautiful, divinely lovely" is late 14c., often (though not originally) with reference to the celestial "music of the spheres;" weakened sense of "excellent, enjoyable" is first recorded 1874. The heavenly bodies (stars, planets, etc.) attested from late 14c. Related: Heavenliness.

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