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[raf-ee-uh l, rey-fee-, rah-fahy-el] /ˈræf i əl, ˈreɪ fi-, ˌrɑ faɪˈɛl/
(Raffaello Santi or Sanzio) 1483–1520, Italian painter.
one of the archangels.
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “healing of the Lord.”. Unabridged
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  • Raphael entered on business at once, with a cold calm voice.

    Hypatia Charles Kingsley
  • As Raphael is supposed to have said, all that was lacking to him was knowledge of the antique.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • At the bottom of this portrait was written in red, "Raphael Santii d'anni sei, Santii patre dipinse."

  • To the profoundest science must be united a clearness of exposition that only Raphael has.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • She slipped down upon her knees, clasped her hands, and looked at Raphael in an enthusiasm of devotion.

    The Magic Skin Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for Raphael


(Bible) one of the archangels; the angel of healing and the guardian of Tobias (Tobit 3:17; 5–12). Feast day: Sept 29
original name Raffaello Santi or Sanzio. 1483–1520, Italian painter and architect, regarded as one of the greatest artists of the High Renaissance. His many paintings include the Sistine Madonna (?1513) and the Transfiguration (unfinished, 1520)
Derived Forms
Raphaelesque, adjective
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Word Origin and History for Raphael

masc. proper name, Biblical archangel (Apocrypha), from Late Latin, from Greek Rhaphael, from Hebrew Repha'el, literally "God has healed," from rapha "he healed" + el "God." Raphaelesque (1832) is in reference to painter Raffaello Sanzio (1483-1520). See Pre-Raphaelite.

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Raphael in Culture
Raphael [(raf-ee-uhl, ray-fee-uhl, rah-fee-el)]

A sixteenth-century Italian painter. A contemporary of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, he is known for his beautiful and gracious Madonnas and The School of Athens (see Plato's Academy).

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