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Recent Examples of beatific from the Web
Is there a flip side to DeJoria’s beatific existence?
In the film, Mija is a quiet girl living in beatific mountains with her grandfather and Okja, a superpig gifted to her family by a livestock company called the Mirando Corporation, led by a slightly manic woman named Lucy Mirando (Swinton).
For years, that prophecy and his own beatific disposition were PK’s only birthright.
Beatific with patience, Molly stays at my side, adjusting here, encouraging there, and by the end of the lesson—
But her hands are as steady as ever, as Francis’s beatific image watches over her every move.
Lil Uzi Vert is younger, and meshes his upheaval with splashes of beatific love.
The beatific digital duo of Daniel Stanush and Diego Chavez (above) mash organic grooves and synthetic glitches through hip-hop’s prism and come up with head-bobbing exposition.
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Did You Know?
Beatific—which derives from Latin beatificus, meaning "making happy"—has graced the English language as a word describing things that impart consummate bliss since the 17th century. In theology, the phrase "beatific vision" gained meaning as an allusion to the direct sight of God enjoyed by the blessed in heaven. Today, the word more frequently describes a blissful look or appearance. A closely related word is beatitude, which can refer to a state of utmost bliss or to any of the declarations made by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.
Origin and Etymology of beatific
borrowed from Latin beātificus “making happy,” from beātus “happy, fortunate” (from past participle of beāre “to make happy, gladden, bless,” perhaps, if going back to *dwe-jo-, akin to bonus “good,” going back to *dwe-nos) + -ficus -fic — more at bounty
First Known Use: 1640See Words from the same year
BEATIFIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of beatific for English Language Learners
: showing complete happiness
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