Adjective "beatific" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Feeling or expressing blissful happiness.
  1. 'A lethargic Blaine, sporting a new bushy beard and matted hair, rewarded them with weak waves and beatific smiles.'
  2. 'Her hair is short and neat, her smile beatific, and her conscience troubled.'
  3. 'In three minutes or so he was out again with a beatific smile.'
  4. 'Luke, from Harper's, wore a beatific smile as the room trembled from the gateway's power.'
  5. '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.'
  6. '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.'
  7. '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.'
  8. '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.'
  9. 'He turned around, smiled his beatific smile, and then raised his huge hands high in the air, in the general direction of my head.'
  10. 'For the second time that night, Selina gave a genuine, beatific smile.'
Imparting holy bliss.
  1. '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.'
  2. '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.'
  3. 'Knowledge is preeminent also in the final bliss of the elect; the essence of salvation is the beatific vision.'
  4. '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.'
  5. 'St. Peter at one point exclaims to Lillian, in a beatific reverie.'
  6. '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.'
  7. '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.'
  8. 'All Christians of all times have asked how God prepares believers for the beatific vision of the fullness of His glory.'
  9. 'The engine that drives Dante's desire for the beatific vision is not simply love for God.'


1. bestowing bliss, blessings, happiness, or the like: beatific peace.

2. blissful; saintly: a beatific smile.

More examples(as adjective)

"smiles can be beatific."

"expressions can be beatific."

"people can be beatific."

"parents can be beatific."

"observers can be beatific."

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Mid 17th century: from French béatifique or Latin beatificus, from beatus ‘blessed’.