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seraphical (comparative more seraphical, superlative most seraphical)

  1. (archaic) Seraphic: of or relating to a seraph or the seraphim; (by extension) pure and sublime.
    • 1549, Thomas Chaloner (translator), The Praise of Folie by Desiderius Erasmus, London: Thomas Berthelet,[1]
      And here (loe) they beginne to spreade theyr armes, in allegyng auctoritees out of solemne doctours, subtile doctours, most subtile doctours, seraphicall doctours, holy doctours, irrefragable doctours, and suche other goodly bigge names of theyr Schole pillers.
    • 1609, James I, An Apologie for the Oath of Allegiance, London: Robert Barker, p. 29,[2]
      [] the Kings in those dayes thought the Church men their SVBIECTS, though now wee be taught other Seraphicall doctrine.
    • 1650, Jeremy Taylor, The Rule and Exercises of Holy Living, London: Richard Royston, Chapter 4, Section 3, pp. 250-251,[3]
      Love is curious of little things [] desiring to be of an Angelical purity, of a perfect innocence, and a Seraphical fervour []
    • 1682, James Harrington, Horæ Consecratæ, or, Spiritual Pastime, London, “Soliloquium, or Discourse,” p. 369,[4]
      [] the Law and Word of God is exceeding broad, which caus’d me diligently to attend upon some living Oracles of God in those times; Seraphical Holesworth, devout Taylor, pious Gouge, eloquent Shute, with others []