Main definitions of archangel in English

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archangel1

noun

  • 1An angel of greater than ordinary rank.

    • ‘St Thomas Aquinas had an arrangement of angels - they ranged from angels, archangels and so on up to seraphims.’
    • ‘As the most beautiful of God's archangels (a high rank of angels) he became jealous of God's appointed heir and, gathering other angels around him, mounted a challenge.’
    • ‘From Fludds illustration of The Three Worlds, in Figure I, the Intellectual World can be seen as ruled over by the angels and archangels.’
    • ‘Satan, a sceptical archangel, offers an experiment to test whether Job's piety is really sincere or predicated on his God-given wealth.’
    • ‘He was one of the Lord's three archangels, a specially created angel who was entrusted with a particular anointing.’
    • ‘God turned to His servant, the archangel Michael.’
    • ‘The third principle is that the Koran is the word of God dictated to Muhammad through the archangel Gabriel.’
    • ‘Of the seven archangels Raphael is the one usually associated with Mercury, the planet traditionally taken as the planetary ruler of astrology.’
    • ‘The Spitalfields coins, issued in 1509, carry an image of the archangel St Michael defeating a reptilian devil.’
    • ‘The archangel Michael, located on the left side in the painting, wears armour and holds the scales of justice and his sword.’
    • ‘The first part of the text is confused, but we are told that the powerful oath was entrusted to the archangel Michael.’
    • ‘Billy Connolly will undergo an image change for his latest film role by playing the archangel Gabriel.’
    • ‘In Christianity the fallen archangel becomes the devil, the Christ child is the son of God.’
    • ‘Cast in Biblical terms, the poem announces that humankind is unable to recognize the divine reflected in such symbols as archangels.’
    • ‘The ‘seven spirits’ might be the seven archangels of Jewish angelology or else the sevenfold spirit of God.’
    • ‘On the door there are usually life-size representations of the archangels Gabriel and Michael, above which there are several rows of other icons, including saints, martyrs, and apostles.’
    • ‘Islam, Muslims believe the Koran was revealed to Mohammed, in Mecca, by an archangel in approximately 610AD and he dictated it to his companions.’
    • ‘Her face could have been that of Joanna's, the archangel of healing.’
    • ‘During the sixth century, Skellig monks set up the monastery in honour of the archangel Michael, patron of high places.’
    1. 1.1(in traditional Christian angelology) a being of the eighth-highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy.
      • ‘From the highest to the lowest in rank, the orders are seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominions, virtues, powers, principalities, archangels, and angels.’
      • ‘There are three types of beings: angels, archangels, and virtues fall into one category, and their nature is inherently good.’
      • ‘Saint Michael belongs to the choir of angels called the Archangels, usually listed eighth of the nine choirs.’
  • 2

    (also yellow archangel)
    A yellow-flowered Eurasian dead-nettle found in woodland.

    Lamiastrum galeobdolon (or Galeobdolon luteum), family Labiatae

    • ‘But to Sheffield Hallam University lecturer Ian Rotherham, the variegated yellow archangel is a puzzle to be solved.’
    • ‘The conifers are now largely gone, and bluebells, early purple orchids and yellow archangels have returned.’
    • ‘Fortunately, yellow archangel is easy to pull out, making control efforts both tolerable and worthwhile.’
    • ‘It is also very clear that yellow archangel is almost always spread by cuttings or as yard waste into natural areas.’
    • ‘The Glens are particularly outstanding in the spring with an amazing display of bluebells, wood anemones and yellow archangels that cover the floor of the woodland.’

Origin

Middle English, from Anglo-Norman French archangele, via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek arkhangelos, from arkhi- ‘chief’ + angelos ‘messenger, angel’.

Pronunciation

archangel

/ˈɑːkeɪndʒ(ə)l/ /ɑːkˈeɪndʒ(ə)l/

Main definitions of Archangel in English

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Archangel2

proper noun

  • A port of north-western Russia, on the White Sea; population 348,700 (est. 2008). It is named after the monastery of the Archangel Michael situated there.

Pronunciation

Archangel

/ˈɑːkeɪndʒ(ə)l/ /ɑːkˈeɪndʒ(ə)l/