celestial


celestial
celestial adj Celestial, heavenly, empyrean, empyreal mean of, relating to, or fit for heaven or the heavens.
Celestial (opposed to terrestrial) may refer either to the visible heavens (the region surrounding the earth and seemingly enclosed by the sky) or to the religious conception of heaven or the heavens (in Christian use, the abode of God, the angels, and the blessed dead); thus, a celestial globe is one on whose surface the stars, planets, comets, and nebulae are depicted; a celestial body is a star, planet, or other aggregation of matter that forms a unit for astronomical study; a celestial visitant is an angel or other spirit from the spiritual heaven; celestial bliss is the happiness enjoyed by the residents of heaven
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angels by Raphael . . . whose serene intelligence embraces both earthly and celestial things— Hawthorne

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Heavenly, although it is applicable, especially in nontechnical use, to the visible heavens
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heavenly bodies— Bacon

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or to pagan conceptions of Olympus or other abodes of the gods
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the immortal sun, who, borne by heavenly steeds his race doth run— Shelley

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is far more often applied to heaven as conceived by Jews and Christians and is apt, therefore, to suggest spiritual qualities
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your heavenly Father— Mt 6:14

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they desire a better country, that is, an heavenlyHeb 11:16

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I thought that liberty and heaven to heavenly souls had been all oneMilton

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Empyrean and empyreal suggest association with the empyrean, either as thought of in ancient and medieval cosmology as the highest celestial sphere, a region of light or fire
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from the courts of the empyrean dome came forth ... a fiery car— Praed

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or, more often, as conceived by various theologians and poets as the highest of the spiritual heavens, where God is and reigns in spiritual light the fire
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into the Heaven of Heavens I have presumed . . . and drawn empyreal air— Milton

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The words are often weakened in idiomatic use to mean little more than outstanding of its kind
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well-meaning ineptitude, that rises to empyreal absurdity— Dworkin

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empyrean aplomb— Basso

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Analogous words: ethereal, aerial, *airy: divine, spiritual, *holy
Antonyms: terrestrial
Contrasted words: *earthly, mundane, earthy, worldly, sublunary: *infernal, hellish, chthonian

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