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n. pl. ser·a·phim (-ə-fĭm) or ser·aphs
1. Bible A celestial being having three pairs of wings.
2. seraphim Christianity The first of the nine orders of angels in medieval angelology.

[Back-formation from pl. seraphim, from Middle English seraphin, from Old English, from Late Latin seraphīn, seraphīm, from Greek serapheim, from Hebrew śərāpîm, pl. of śārāp, fiery serpent, seraph, from śārap, to burn; see śrp in Semitic roots.]

se·raph′ic (sə-răf′ĭk), se·raph′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
se·raph′i·cal·ly adv.
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(ˈsɛr əf)

n., pl. -aphs, -a•phim (-ə fɪm)
1. one of the celestial beings hovering above God's throne in Isaiah's vision. Isa. 6.
2. a member of the highest order of angels. Compare angel (def. 1).
[1660–70; taken as singular of seraphim]
se•raph•ic (sɪˈræf ɪk) se•raph′i•cal, adj.
se•raph′i•cal•ly, adv.
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References in classic literature ?
And those of us who live herein Are most as dead as seraphim Though not as good.
Last Sunday when I found seraphim in the dictionary I was ashamed I had made it serrafim but seraphim is not a word you can guess at like another long one outlandish in this letter which spells itself.
Father Seraphim, the deacon, the acolytes, and Sofya Ivanovna, a lady who always lived near the hermitage and tended Father Sergius, begged him to bring the service to an end.
Father Seraphim began to drive them away, saying that Father Sergius was tired.
And he asked himself whether he loved anyone, whether he loved Sofya Ivanovna, or Father Seraphim, whether he had any feeling of love for all who had come to him that day--for that learned young man with whom he had had that instructive discussion in which he was concerned only to show off his own intelligence and that he had not lagged behind the times in knowledge.
Then, methought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer Swung by Seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor.
O Prince, O Chief of many Throned Powers, That led th' imbattelld Seraphim to Warr Under thy conduct, and in dreadful deeds Fearless, endanger'd Heav'ns perpetual King; And put to proof his high Supremacy, Whether upheld by strength, or Chance, or Fate, Too well I see and rue the dire event, That with sad overthrow and foul defeat Hath lost us Heav'n, and all this mighty Host In horrible destruction laid thus low, As far as Gods and Heav'nly Essences Can Perish: for the mind and spirit remains Invincible, and vigour soon returns, Though all our Glory extinct, and happy state Here swallow'd up in endless misery.
I shall not presume to interfere in the old politics of the skies;--"The cherubim know most; the seraphim love most." The gods shall settle their own quarrels.
Head, Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church Worldwide, Most Reverend Samuel Adefila Abidoye, has called the attention of the Kwara State government to the dilapidated infrastructure and congestion in classrooms in most public schools in the state.
YARMOUTH: 2.20 Immoral, 2.50 Bubbly Splash, 3.20 Message, 3.50 Eve Harrington, 4.20 Fighting Irish, 4.50 MODEL GUEST (NAP), 5.20 Seraphim.
Chinese solar product manufacturer Jiangsu Seraphim Solar System Co Ltd (Seraphim) announced on Monday that it is aiming to enter global PV energy storage market with the introduction of its PLANET-series products for 2019.