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Definition: equal to the angels

Pronunciation: eye-SAN-djuh-lus


I could not find the derivative etymology to this word, probably it doesn’t have one. Isangelous was first recorded by the British gentleman who was, from time to time, referred to as a philosopher, Abraham Tucker in his 1768 “The Light of Nature Pursued”, Volume 3, Part 2, where tucker writes: “And if we think it is inconceivable that such an abject condition as theirs, can be the prelude to a more exalted state, let us look back upon ourselves, who we expect shall one day be made isangelous, equal to the Angels”.

Why this word?

This word has a beautiful and special sound to it, fully complimented by its meaning. Isangelous is marked by the OED as “rare and obsolete”, which, in the world of vocabulary, equals to a deadly strike most words do not recover from. I find this word to be magical, in sound as well as in meaning and moreover- it is so easy to use! There is no reason to let this word drown in the abyss of lingual oblivion.

How to use the word isangelous in a sentence?

Isangelous is an adjective, simply meaning angelic, or- equal to the angels.

“His isangelous and self-righteous behavior pushes his friends away from him”.

“She is the most isangelous person I have even met in my entire lifetime; I think I’m in love!”


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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