an·​gel·​ic | \ an-ˈje-lik How to pronounce angelic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly angelical \ an-​ˈje-​li-​kəl How to pronounce angelical (audio) \

Definition of angelic

: of or relating to angels angelic forms For even they, the very devils, when they sinned, sinned by such a sin as alone was compatible with such angelical natures …— James Joyce : resembling, or suggestive of, an angel (as in purity, holiness, innocence, or beauty) a sweet, angelic child an angelic voice/smile When women are brooding over their children, or busied in a sick-room, who has not seen in their faces those sweet angelic beams of love and pity?— William Makepeace Thackeray At 12, Westenra was busking on the streets of Christchurch, singing arias and Bee Gees tunes in an angelic soprano …— Joan Anderman

Other Words from angelic

angelically \ an-​ˈje-​li-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce angelically (audio) \ adverb
smiling angelically And, oh, how good we were! How angelically and unnaturally good! — Lucy Maud Montgomery

First Known Use of angelic

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Angelic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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