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beatific

adjective

  1. (joyful)  experiencing or bestowing celestial joy
    Similar to: joyful
  2. (good)  marked by utter benignity; resembling or befitting an angel or saint
    Synonyms: angelic, angelical, saint-like, sainted, saintlike, saintly. Similar to: good

Etymology summary

Latin beatificus making happy, from beatus happy, from past participle of beare...
(Source: Merriam-Webster)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

beatific | beatifically [adverb, derived]

displaying great happiness, calmness, etc | of, conferring, or relating to a state of celestial happiness (15 of 495 words, 2 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/beatific

Merriam-Webster:

beatific | beatifically [adverb, related]

of, possessing, or imparting beatitude | having a blissful appearance (9 of 62 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/beatific

Oxford Dictionary:

beatific | beatifically [derived]

feeling or expressing blissful happiness | [Christian Theology] : imparting holy bliss. (11 of 46 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/beatific

Macmillan British Dictionary:

beatific [literary] | beatifically [adverb, related]

a beatific expression on your face is extremely happy and peaceful (11 of 38 words, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/beatific

American Heritage Dictionary:

beatific | beatifically [adverb, related]

Showing or producing exalted joy or blessedness (7 of 36 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/beatific

New World Dictionary:

beatific | beatifically [adverb, related]

making blissful or blessed | showing happiness or delight; blissful (9 of 27 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/beatific

Cambridge Dictionary:

beatific [literary] | beatifically [adverb, derived]

expressing happiness and calmness, especially in a holy way (9 of 24 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/beatific

Random House Dictionary:

beatific

bestowing bliss, blessings, happiness, or the like. | blissful; saintly. (9 of 21 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/beatific

Wiktionary:

beatific

blessed, blissful, heavenly | having a benign appearance (7 of 12 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/beatific

Encarta Dictionary:

beatific

expressing or radiating great happiness and serenity | bringing or expressing the perfect happiness and inner peace supposed to be enjoyed by the soul ... (23 of 53 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861589527​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Merriam-Webster:

beatific

First use: 1649

Origin: Latin beatificus making happy, from beatus happy, from past participle of beare to bless; perhaps akin to Latin bonus good

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/beatific

American Heritage Dictionary:

beatific

Origin: Latin beātificus: beātus, happy (from past participle of beāre, to bless; see deu- [entry 2] in Indo-European roots) + -ficus, -fic.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/beatific

Collins Dictionary:

beatific

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Late Latin beātificus, from Latin beātus, from beāre to bless + facere to make

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/beatific

New World Dictionary:

beatific

Origin: Middle English from ecclesiastical Medieval Latin beatificus from ecclesiastical Late Latin beatificare: see "beatify"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/beatific

Wiktionary:

beatific

Origin: beatify, from Latin beatificare ("make blessed"), from beatus ("blessed") + ficare ("make"), variant of facere.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/beatific

Oxford Dictionary:

beatific

First use: mid 17th century

Origin: French béatifique or Latin beatificus, from beatus "blessed"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/beatific

Online Etymology:

beatific

First use: 1630s

Origin: Late Latin beatificus, from Latin beatus "blessed".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=beatific

Encarta Dictionary:

beatific

First use: Mid-17th century

Origin: Directly or via French béatifique from Latin beatificus from beatus "blessed"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861589527​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

beatific

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "beatific"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/beatific

Macmillan British Dictionary:

beatific [literary]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "beatific"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/beatific

Macmillan American Dictionary:

beatific [literary]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "beatific"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/beatific

Cambridge Dictionary:

beatific [literary]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "beatific"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "beatific"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/beatific

the Free Dictionary:

beatific

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "beatific"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "beatific"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "beatific" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

beatific

Audio: English pronunciation of "beatific"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

beatific

Audio: North American pronunciation of "beatific"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=beatif​01 word=beatific

YourDictionary Audio:

beatific

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "beatific" by speech synthesizer

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