Angel or Angle?

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Angel or Angle?

What is the difference between "angel" and "angle"?
  • An "angel" is a guardian spirit that acts as an agent or messenger of God.
    • Peace is the first thing the angels sang. (Poet John Keble)
  • An "angle" is the space between two intersecting lines.
    • The word "angle" comes from the Latin word "angulus" (meaning "corner").
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Angle and Angel

Spelling mistakes involving "angel" and "angle" seem to be quite common, particularly in tattoos.


The noun "angel" denotes a supernatural being or spirit found in various religions and mythologies. "Angels" are said to act as agents or messengers of God.

The word "angel" can also be used figuratively to describe a person of exemplary conduct or virtue.

  • I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. (Italian sculptor Michelangelo)

  • It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels. (Saint Augustine)


The noun "angle" is a mathematical term that describes the space between two intersecting lines or surfaces diverging from a common point. The word "angle" is also used to describe particular way of approaching an issue. "Angle" can also be used as a verb meaning to fish (from angling).

  • I keep both of my Tonys on my mantle. They are placed in front of a mirror so if you look at just the right angle, it looks like I have four! (Actress Swoosie Kurtz)

  • Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise. (British statesman Philip Stanhope)
  • (Here, "angle" is being used as a verb meaning "to fish." It is being used figuratively.)
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Common Terms with "Angel" and "Angle"

Common terms with the word "angel":
  • angel investing
  • guardian angel
  • angel face
  • angel wings
  • angel eyes
  • fallen angel
  • Angel Falls
  • Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.
  • Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
Common terms with the word "angle":
  • to angle for
  • acute angle
  • adjacent angle
  • angle bisector
  • angle trisector
  • complementary angle
  • corresponding angle
  • exterior angle
  • interior angle
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See Also

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