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Friday, December 12, 2008

Definitions for beatific

  1. exaltedly happy; blissful
  2. blessing or making exceedingly happy

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Citations for beatific
Statues crumble, walls peel, in the vast accumulation of words and still more words even legends lose their way, and Leonardo wishes he'd said to the young anatomist, della Torre, on their last evening what he wishes four days ago he'd had presence of mind to tell Salai but didn't actually get around to telling anyone until yesterday when he told the aristocratic simpleton, Francesco Melzi, who stood there with that dewy-eyed, beatific look of his and, of course, understood not a word: Only a dullard gets to the end of something. R.M. Berry, Leonardo's Horse
She's had season tickets forever, cheering from just behind the Hoyas bench. She can snap right out of her beatific smile into analysis: "We have struggled all year with zone defense . . . and to this day I don't understand . . . why [center Roy] Hibbert consistently takes himself out of the interior space . . . whether it's a tactic so he doesn't draw more fouls -- or -- it drives me crazy." Susan Kinzie, The Washington Post
Origin of beatific
by 1639, from Latin beatificus, from beatus "blessed" + ficus "making"