beatific vision


: the direct knowledge of God enjoyed by the blessed in heaven

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Commedia tells two quest stories: Dante’s arduous physical journey from Hell through Purgatory to Heaven, and its invisible psychological and spiritual analogue, the journey of Dante’s soul from despair through hope to a beatific vision. Edward Mendelson, The New York Review of Books, 17 Nov. 2022 In this beatific vision, the country will see a lull in transmission after COVID-19 cases peak and decline. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 25 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1702, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of beatific vision was in 1702

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“Beatific vision.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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