be·​atif·​ic | \ˌbē-ə-ˈti-fik \

Definition of beatific 

1 : of, possessing, or imparting beatitude

2 : having a blissful appearance a beatific smile

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Other Words from beatific

beatifically \ˌbē-​ə-​ˈti-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Beatific Has Latin Roots

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.

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On the soundtrack, Salles reads passages by the Italian author Alberto Moravia, who visited China in 1967 and describes being stunned by the people's beatific serenity, their skin tone, their glow of happiness. Owen Gleiberman,, "'In the Intense Now' review: Political cataclysms of '68 made poetic," 1 Mar. 2018 The two actresses make for an interesting pairing, as the low-simmering rage and frustration of Theron's Marlo is tempered by the beatific generosity of Davis' Tully. Mark Olsen,, "‘Tully’ is just the latest film to show why Mackenzie Davis is such a force on screen," 8 May 2018 Expecting an older woman, Marlo is startled by the arrival of Tully (Mackenzie Davis), a skinny, beatific young woman in a belly T-shirt. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Like Juno, Diablo Cody's Tully is a tale of motherhood and waning youth," 10 May 2018 Kate has always turned heads and inspired headlines with her beatific, too-perfect-to-be-true constitution. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Duchess Catherine stepped out literally hours after giving birth, and people are awed," 23 Apr. 2018 Is the guy who constantly talks about his hiking weekends blessedly quiet, staring off into space with a beatific smile? Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "Ready to roll? It's marijuana's big day, so here's the history of 420, man," 20 Apr. 2018 Aw, Emily Blunt with the beatific smile for her tiny adorable child who wants an electronic toy instead of the homemade felt toys his mom sewed! Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "Cardi B’s Album Is Here! And It’s Just As Great As We Hoped," 6 Apr. 2018 That King — the fuzzy, feel-good one who had a dream, the one whose image was splashed across a Dodge ad during the Super Bowl — is beatific and beautiful. Caille Millner, San Francisco Chronicle, "MLK’s California dream interrupted and still unfulfilled," 6 Apr. 2018 Take this 1885 print ad for Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup for Teething Children, for instance, showing a mother and her two children looking suspiciously beatific. Jon Kelvey, Smithsonian, "How Advertising Shaped the First Opioid Epidemic," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of beatific

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of beatific

: showing complete happiness

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