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beatific

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adjective be·atif·ic \ˌbē-ə-ˈti-fik\

Simple Definition of beatific

  • : showing complete happiness

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of beatific

  1. 1 :  of, possessing, or imparting beatitude

  2. 2 :  having a blissful appearance <a beatific smile>

beatifically play \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Did You Know?

Beatific, from Latin beatificus ("making happy"), first occurred in English in the phrase "beatific vision," a theological allusion to the direct sight of God enjoyed by the blessed in heaven. Although "beatific" originally meant "conferring happiness," the word now more frequently means "expressing happiness," and a blissfully joyful look or appearance may be called "beatific." A closely related word is "beatitude," which can refer to a state of utmost bliss. (You may also know "the beatitudes" as a series of blessings from Jesus in the Bible.)

Origin of beatific

Latin beatificus making happy, from beatus happy, from past participle of beare to bless; perhaps akin to Latin bonus good — more at bounty


First Known Use: 1640


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