Beatific vision

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Beatific vision (Theol) the immediate sight of God in heaven.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Beatific vision a glimpse of the glory of heaven, esp. that which first bursts upon the disembodied soul
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. beatus, blessed, and facĕre, to make.

Usage

In literature:

As she paused and looked, lost in enjoyment of that beatific vision, Sir Anthony himself emerged from the porch.
"The Woman Who Did" by Grant Allen
He caught a gleam of the Beatific Vision, or woke screaming from dreams of everlasting fire.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIII" by John Lord
Is the winning of such beatific vision yet once more the dream of the enthusiast?
"Annie Besant" by Annie Besant
Sabine gazed on the kneeling form as at some beatific vision, and gently laid her other hand on his shoulder.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
If the Beatific Vision of Beauty has not blinded them, why are they and their friends so hopelessly absurd?
"'That Very Mab'" by May Kendall and Andrew Lang
There is no beatific vision to keep his eyes from wandering among the shows of earth.
"Milton" by Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
Out of reflection upon the animal passion of sex may rise Dante's beatific vision of Beatrice.
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
Rapt in Elysium at the divine symphony, he is awakened from his beatific vision, by noises that distract him.
"The Works of William Hogarth: In a Series of Engravings" by John Trusler
From that beatific vision Lorraine floated into others more entrancing.
"Sawtooth Ranch" by B. M. Bower
It might have been the head of a saint looking for the Beatific Vision; it was only that of an ordinary pretty woman.
"Audrey Craven" by May Sinclair
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In news:

Less than a month after his visit to Malta he will travel to Portugal May 11-14 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the beatification of Francisco and Jacinta Marto, the shepherd children who received visions of Our Lady at Fátima .
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