cherubic

Definitions

  • An early 17th-century andiron in the Jamestown collection. Note the cherub’s head near the base
    An early 17th-century andiron in the Jamestown collection. Note the cherub’s head near the base
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj cherubic having a sweet nature befitting an angel or cherub "an angelic smile","a cherubic face","looking so seraphic when he slept","a sweet disposition"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Cherubic Of or pertaining to cherubs; angelic. "The cherubic host."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cherubic Pertaining to or resembling cherubs; angelic: as, cherubic host; cherubic watch; cherubic songs.
    • cherubic Of, pertaining to, or exhibiting the childish innocence of the ‘cherubs’ or winged child-angels represented by painters and sculptors. See cherub, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Cherubic angelic
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Heb. k’rūb, pl. k’rūbīm.

Usage

In literature:

The Cherubs and the Seraphs; he looks not Like them.
"The Works of Lord Byron" by Lord Byron
With your golden hair and blue eyes, you're a perfect cherub; isn't she, Mrs.
"Marjorie's Busy Days" by Carolyn Wells
Fourier does something of this kind; in his system the class names of young scullions are cherubs and seraphs!
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 4, October, 1864" by Various
The father swept his hat from his head and bent down in the saddle, and gazed yearningly into the sleeping child's cherubic face.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
The Madonna-like wife with the cherub in her arms rose to her feet.
"Forty Minutes Late" by F. Hopkinson Smith
His size made amends for his cherubic face, and the insignificant nose was more than balanced by the forceful jaw.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
Such a setting made her look more like a grown-up cherub than anything else at the moment.
"The Heart of Arethusa" by Francis Barton Fox
She danced gaily, and swung her hat as she flew about the little camp, and called at her chubby cherub of a brother over her shoulder.
"Shadows of Shasta" by Joaquin Miller
The chariot moves, drawn by wings Of Cherub Spirits, on!
"Life Immovable" by Kostes Palamas
His pink, cherubic face turned saffron, and he shrank back against the wall.
"The Man from the Bitter Roots" by Caroline Lockhart
Max patted her cheek and then stole his little arm round her neck in a perfectly cherubic way.
"In the Mist of the Mountains" by Ethel Turner
Stop barking, that's a cherub boy, or you'll drive your Auntie Diana crazy!
"A harum-scarum schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
When she knelt and closed her eyes, she looked like one of Raphael's cherubs.
"Virginia of Elk Creek Valley" by Mary Ellen Chase
He looks like a sort of cherub, with golden hair.
"The Twelfth Hour" by Ada Leverson
The strangers were the Phoebe and the Cherub.
"Admiral Farragut" by A. T. Mahan
What softness, what beauty, what fragrance in the cherubs!
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
On either side of him is another cherub; one guarding his helmet, the other his stiff gauntlets.
"A Little Tour in France" by Henry James
Sometimes very pretty little cherubs peeped in at the door, or were invited for half an hour to the dinner table.
"The Galaxy" by Various
Paul, John the Baptist, Francis, and Bernardino, and surrounded by cherubs' heads.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
He thereupon sent a cloud of smoke ceiling-ward for the flying cherubs to rest on.
"The Continental Dragoon" by Robert Neilson Stephens
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In poetry:

E'en to that bower, where first undone,
Now yields its bed forlorn,
And now beholds a cherub son
In grief and terror born.
"The Lass Of Fair Wone" by Charlotte Dacre
We see the holy flaming fires,
Cherubic and seraphic choirs;
And gladly join with those on high,
To warble praise eternally.
"The Believer's Soliloquy; Especially in Times of Desertion, Temptation, Affliction, &c." by Ralph Erskine
Ah ! have you seen a mother's joy
In cherub sweetness dress'd,
Seiz'd by the numbing hand of death,
Expiring at her breast ?
"Lewin and Gynneth" by Mary Darby Robinson
That wife sits fearless by thy side,
That cherub on thy knee;
They do not shudder at thy looks,
They do not shrink from thee.
"To A Portrait Of "A Gentleman"" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Then cleaving quick the balmy air,
A cherub grown in endless day,
Thy Saviour's noblest image wear,
And in Hosannahs melt away.
"On The Tomb Of An Infant" by Thomas Noon Talfourd
Now the full glories of the Lamb
Adorn the heav'nly plains;
Sweet cherubs learn Immanuel's name,
And try their choicest strains.
"Hymn 46 part 1" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Reptar, Rubblebucket & Cherub .
Lady Gaga Falls Asleep at Fame Fragrance Party, Gets Cherub Tattoo on Her Head (Video).
See that after the jump, and watch Cherub 's "Doses" vid here.
Newsy Bits Turbo Fruits Unveil Butter Cover, Hank Williams Jr 'Hates' Our 'Muslim President,' Cherub Hits No.
We had several different ideas for a backstage performance with Cherub at Hangout Music Fest.
From Cherub to Chief Justice.
A doctor's bag is in the foreground next to a weeping cherub.
She's prone to giggling and has a cherubic baby face, but Kim, a 16-year-old Harlem high school student, is no angel: She's been in an all-girl gang, stashing guns and beating up rivals, before youth.
Everywhere you turn at this time of year there are babies: Babies wrapped in swaddling cloths, babies lying in mangers, baby-faced cherubs, and baby angels.
IT would have been difficult to be a part of the Parisian art world after World War II and not be aware of Heinz Berggruen as a cherubic, hyperactive, trilingual presence.
The Madonna Above the Cherubs.
A soothing voice, a blessing, a cherubic smile.
In February of 1999, when News Corp. Rupert Murdoch put his cherub-cheeked 27-year-old son Lachlan in charge of the corporation's US publishing interests, the New York Post was troubled.
The 26-year-old stunned at the perfume 's launch in New York, as she had an image of a cherub tattooed onto the back of her newly shaved head.
Nine years after leaving Conan O'Brien's side and disappearing into failed sitcom oblivion, the cherubic Andy Richter rides shotgun once again.
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