Beatific



bestowing bliss, blessings, happiness, or the like:
beatific peace.
blissful; saintly:
a beatific smile.
Contemporary Examples

Here, some reluctant participants at a family reunion are transformed in a beatific bunch by a ride in the Caravan.
Lousy Marketing—Not Lousy Cars—Killed Detroit Adam Hanft November 23, 2008

Clearly bewildered by the proceedings, she had a beatific smile, delighted that everyone was making a fuss over her.
The Baby Monitor Diaries Christopher Mason November 16, 2008

Historical Examples

How lovely, how beatific, to be the master of this enchanted key!
Hilda Lessways Arnold Bennett

“Idleness does not pay in this country, Lorimer,” he said, with a beatific air.
Lorimer of the Northwest Harold Bindloss

Thomas Schweinitz listened, and his fat visage expanded in a beatific grin.
The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky

Joe sampled it with a beatific expression, and turned to Nils.
A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays Willa Cather

Makar asked, looking up at his companion in beatific surprise.
The White Terror and The Red Abraham Cahan

Meanwhile he stood in the doorway with a beatific smile; this did him good.
The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2 Roald Amundsen

Kirby came to their sentry post, his arms full, a beatific smile on his face.
Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton

I was met with a beatific smile from Mrs. Jim, who was peeling potatoes at the sink.
Rebel women Evelyn Sharp

adjective
displaying great happiness, calmness, etc: a beatific smile
of, conferring, or relating to a state of celestial happiness
adj.

1630s, from French béatifique or directly from Late Latin beatificus, from Latin beatus “blessed” (see beatify). Related: Beatifical (c. 1600); beatifically.

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