Definition of heavenly in English:



  • 1Of heaven; divine.

    ‘heavenly Father’
    • ‘The act of being robed in white by the heavenly benefactor speaks of the divine patron bestowing honor upon them in their hour of shame.’
    • ‘Earlier views of Jesus had portrayed him as a heavenly figure who had come to reveal heavenly mysteries and to institute a new religion.’
    • ‘Blessings are obtained from our heavenly Father through prayer.’
    • ‘Our own churches are intended to be holy places - sanctuaries for the heavenly chorus, a place where God meets humans.’
    • ‘The new covenant is linked with the new heavenly Jerusalem.’
    • ‘Immortality means belonging to the family of God, the heavenly court.’
    • ‘The prayer was so heavenly and full of earnest spirituality that all gathered were affected by it.’
    • ‘Phillip Frank is now a prince in God's heavenly kingdom.’
    • ‘Let's listen carefully for the counsel of the Holy Spirit and train our eyes on the prize of the heavenly Jerusalem.’
    • ‘We who are the objects of that divine love are infinitely more treasured by our heavenly Father than we can know.’
    • ‘If you do not forgive men their sins your heavenly Father will not forgive you.’
    • ‘But it is every blessing that is spiritual in heavenly places.’
    • ‘It tries to gain advantages before God and obtain righteousness through a supposedly better life with more divine occupations and more heavenly thoughts.’
    • ‘The members of the church today are blest with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ.’
    • ‘But the Holy Spirit wants to raise our minds to our heavenly Father so that we can look at him and delight in him, just as he delights in us.’
    • ‘Next, John is shown the heavenly court where God shares his divine throne with Jesus, who appears in the form of a slain but risen Lamb.’
    • ‘Some picture it as a kind of spiritual capital - like money in a bank account - whereby credit is built up as the deposit on a heavenly rebirth.’
    • ‘In such instances, the chant becomes wordless and the music begins to echo a kind of heavenly or angelic music.’
    • ‘God's love of humanity makes the heavenly Father into a heavenly Mother.’
    • ‘He knelt at the Pope's feet, took his hand, and said, ‘God bless you, heavenly father!’’
    divine, holy, celestial, godlike, godly, angelic, seraphic, cherubic, blessed, blest, beatific, immortal
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  • 2Of the heavens or sky.

    ‘heavenly constellations’
    • ‘Perfect motion should be in circles, so the stars and planets, being heavenly objects, moved in circles.’
    • ‘With allusions to the heavenly clutter of planets and stars, the artist gives his canvases a feeling of boundlessness.’
    celestial, cosmic, stellar
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  • 3informal Very pleasing; wonderful.

    ‘their shampoos smell heavenly’
    ‘it was a heavenly morning for a ride’
    • ‘Shopping is a mundane necessity for most of us, but for some, it is a heavenly delight that just can't be beaten by any other vice.’
    • ‘It was like the world disappeared, and we were spinning in a void of perfect, heavenly intimacy and pleasure.’
    • ‘A fireside chat in the wee hours of the morning attains a heavenly composure, the dramatic ethereal lighting making this their crucial scene.’
    • ‘The flowers direct the eye upward past a small, brooding view of Toledo - at which point the picture seems to burst into an exultant heavenly space.’
    • ‘‘Hmmm,’ said Sophie when we entered the heavenly portals of the pleasuredome.’
    • ‘Indeed, it was a heavenly delight to hear his sublimely pure ethical doctrine delivered with such powerful philosophic eloquence from the lips of its very creator.’
    • ‘To be clement is to be lenient and compassionate, or, in the case of weather, perfectly heavenly.’
    • ‘Together we shall traverse this heavenly path to excellence.’
    • ‘I had one this morning at one of our local spas and it was heavenly.’
    • ‘Everything seemed heavenly that morning, even washing the dishes, for Emlyn was filled with the euphoria of being on the road for the first time.’
    • ‘Thus, the Youth Daily proclaimed, ‘The draw of the Super Girls leaves the heavenly kings of pop in their dust.’’
    • ‘A new brand has appeared, and this morning I had a scallop dish that was truly heavenly.’
    • ‘Jason Pierce oversaw the compilation of tracks here, and it serves as a timely reminder of the heavenly wonder of one of Britain's foremost musical talents.’
    • ‘They run out quickly of these heavenly delights, so get there early.’
    • ‘Paradise is easier for Sally to work with because Ruskin had already recognised it in a lush green flat space with heavenly views over Coniston and hills.’
    • ‘I was about to give up when I spotted the most beautiful, perfect, heavenly, off white, romantic fairy-fantasy skirt at the far end of the floor.’
    • ‘There are certainly heavenly smells that remind me how much I love and miss California.’
    delightful, wonderful, marvellous, glorious, perfect, excellent, ideal, superb, sublime, idyllic, first-class, first-rate
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Old English heofonlic (see heaven, -ly).