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1. A high-ranking angel.
2. archangels The eighth of the nine orders of angels in medieval angelology.

[Middle English, from Old French archangele, from Late Latin archangelus, from Late Greek arkhangelos : Greek arkh-, archi- + Greek angelos, angel.]

arch′an·gel′ic (-ăn-jĕl′ĭk) adj.


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Adj.1.archangelic - of or relating to or resembling archangelsarchangelic - of or relating to or resembling archangels
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For, thought Ahab, while even the highest earthly felicities ever have a certain unsignifying pettiness lurking in them, but, at bottom, all heart-woes, a mystic significance, and, in some men, an archangelic grandeur; so do their diligent tracings-out not belie the obvious deduction.
For he had been as instructive as Milton's "affable archangel;" and with something of the archangelic manner he told her how he had undertaken to show (what indeed had been attempted before, but not with that thoroughness, justice of comparison, and effectiveness of arrangement at which Mr.
He ceas'd; and th' Archangelic Power prepar'd For swift descent, with him the Cohort bright Of watchful Cherubim; four faces each Had, like a double JANUS, all thir shape Spangl'd with eyes more numerous then those Of ARGUS, and more wakeful then to drouze, Charm'd with ARCADIAN Pipe, the Pastoral Reed Of HERMES, or his opiate Rod.
In the "city of angels," people get murdered in ingenious ways, which surprises the Devil himself even as he decides to lose his archangelic wings (or at least cut them loose for the meantime).
"Clean-shaven, ashen-faced, newly risen from the dead," writes Gordon Bowe of the soldier, "he is distinguishable from the archangelic figures guiding him by his empty black eye sockets." An assembly of soldier saints, champions and angels provide a kind of courtly retinue.
Accompanying her archangelic lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, guild hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems.
And, echoing another ancient tradition, the agony and sacrifice of the bird/ poet precipitates a thing of beauty, the first snowflakes of winter, the poems of a soul that has sustained the punishing climate of Archangelic Russia.
Casaubon, Dorothea is mightily smitten with him, and particularly with the extent of his understanding: "For he had been as instructive [to her] as Milton's 'affable archangel," unveiling hidden worlds of knowledge "with something of the archangelic manner" (24).