Definition of beatific in US English:



  • 1Blissfully happy.

    ‘a beatific smile’
    • ‘A lethargic Blaine, sporting a new bushy beard and matted hair, rewarded them with weak waves and beatific smiles.’
    • ‘He cuts a striking figure with his stocky frame, beatific smile and pitch-black hair worn long and swept back.’
    • ‘Her hair is short and neat, her smile beatific, and her conscience troubled.’
    • ‘Luke, from Harper's, wore a beatific smile as the room trembled from the gateway's power.’
    • ‘He listens with a beatific half smile to his visitors in English and responds in rapid fire Nepali, which the secretary in his ministry does not bother to translate.’
    • ‘You are left wondering how anything as terrible as the anguish detailed in King's Crossing or Fond Farewell could inspire music this lovely, with its soaring choruses and beatific harmonies and irresistible pop sensibility.’
    • ‘Not just polite little smiles either, but huge, genuine, sparkly-eyed smiles of pure beatific satisfaction.’
    • ‘The Captain is the benevolent-yet-stern sheriff of this here town and Madame La is his beatific, beautiful wife.’
    • ‘With a beatific smile, Weldon rose above the ensuing stushie and laughed all the way to the bank, proving once again that diamonds are a girl's best friend.’
    • ‘Several times a day, you'll catch them gazing at it in unapologetic fascination, heads tilted to one side, eyes filled with wonder, smiles beatific.’
    • ‘It was at this moment, as the young man picked up his carrier bag and headed for the exit, that I realised why I had been graced with such a beatific smile in the first place.’
    • ‘The smile that spread across Nicholas' face was beatific, full of happiness and relief.’
    • ‘I raced home from the tournament with a beatific smile on my face, headed straight to the TV room in search of Avril, who'd taped Pop Idol for me, and did a lot of girlie screaming.’
    • ‘For the second time that night, Selina gave a genuine, beatific smile.’
    • ‘In three minutes or so he was out again with a beatific smile.’
    • ‘And she looked at me with kind of beatific smile and said, ‘Yes, it's his sense of noblesse oblige.’’
    • ‘But unlike Skywalker or Napoleon, Rider wears a beatific smile.’
    • ‘This also coincided with an eerily becalmed stage in my university career; after an exhausting period of immersive Keats and Shelley study, I was well up for test-driving the velveteen ache of beatific melancholia.’
    • ‘I smile one of my beatific smiles throughout, and leave happy.’
    • ‘He turned around, smiled his beatific smile, and then raised his huge hands high in the air, in the general direction of my head.’
    rapturous, joyful, ecstatic, seraphic, blissful, serene, happy, beaming, glad
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    1. 1.1Christian Theology Imparting holy bliss.
      • ‘All Christians of all times have asked how God prepares believers for the beatific vision of the fullness of His glory.’
      • ‘Then she smiles at me, a genuine smile, one that forms laughter-folds around her eyes and makes her face more kind, like a statue of a beatific saint.’
      • ‘St. Peter at one point exclaims to Lillian, in a beatific reverie.’
      • ‘Knowledge is preeminent also in the final bliss of the elect; the essence of salvation is the beatific vision.’
      • ‘As a nun she is beatific, her head, in a wimple, tilted toward heaven, a prayer book clasped to her breast.’
      • ‘Far from degrading that character, as the comic is wont to do, the stoic ethic here takes on a sacred or beatific grace, but one that nevertheless permits the audience to distance themselves from its ethical dimension.’
      • ‘Leonarde's relative disinterest in her corporeal state could be linked to her proximity to the beatific vision, where such considerations would become insignificant.’
      • ‘The face was seen as a reflection of the soul; according to Aquinas, those who saw the beatific vision would radiate the divine light that was God.’
      • ‘No, in the Garden of Eden, all creatures beheld the beatific vision, that is, all things as one.’
      • ‘His protagonists are poignantly human, but Frears avoids the temptation of turning them into beatific Christ figures or walking billboards.’
      • ‘After all, Palma Christa, the palm of Christ, sounds beatific until you discover that its common name is Castor Oil Plant, and it's a weed and one of the most poisonous of all plants.’
      • ‘According to this vision of what happens when we die, judgment is conceived as a sentence cast in a court of law, a consignment of the individual soul to an eternity either of torment or of beatific vision.’
      • ‘There is important attention given to Christ's knowledge, both beatific and infused, as necessarily presupposed for his work of salvation.’
      • ‘In itself this doctrine was not unorthodox, but Malebranche's claim that the images were formed through God allowing the soul to look into His divine mind suggested, heretically, that the beatific vision was possible prior to death.’
      • ‘They will still be technically in hell, since they will lack the beatific vision, but they will enjoy a kind of natural felicity, like that of infants who die without baptism.’
      • ‘Initially serving as either hubris or hyperbole, this trope likens the lover's earthly vision of the beloved to the angels' beatific, heavenly vision of God and the divine joy produced by that mysterious vision.’
      • ‘I've come across such a picture in the tenth-century Irish tale Adamnan's Vision, in a curious scene that captures the sociability of the beatific vision.’
      • ‘The engine that drives Dante's desire for the beatific vision is not simply love for God.’
      blessed, blissful, exalted, sublime, joyful, rapt, heavenly, holy, divine, celestial, paradisical, glorious
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Mid 17th century: from French béatifique or Latin beatificus, from beatus ‘blessed’.