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Raphael

[raf-ee-uh l, rey-fee-, rah-fahy-el] /ˈræf i əl, ˈreɪ fi-, ˌrɑ faɪˈɛl/
noun
1.
(Raffaello Santi or Sanzio) 1483–1520, Italian painter.
2.
one of the archangels.
3.
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “healing of the Lord.”.
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Raphael

/ˈræfeɪəl/
noun
1.
(Bible) one of the archangels; the angel of healing and the guardian of Tobias (Tobit 3:17; 5–12). Feast day: Sept 29
2.
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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