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[em-puh-ree-uh n, -pahy-, em-pir-ee-uh n, -pahy-ree-] /ˌɛm pəˈri ən, -paɪ-, ɛmˈpɪr i ən, -ˈpaɪ ri-/
the highest heaven, supposed by the ancients to contain the pure element of fire.
the visible heavens; the firmament.
Origin of empyrean
1605-15; < Late Latin empyre(us) empyreal + -an Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I cognized the center of the empyrean as a point of intuitive perception in my heart.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • And they became what may be called an Evanescent Vapor, until all was lost in the empyrean.

    The Cassowary Stanley Waterloo
  • He is himself a child of nature, nurtured on the bosom of Mother Earth and raising his eyes to the height of the empyrean.

    Nature Mysticism J. Edward Mercer
  • Nor was she alarmed 43at his remarkable disappearance into the empyrean.

    The Judgment of Eve May Sinclair
  • No exordium; no peroration; no flight into empyrean heights of eloquence as was the wont of Mr. G.

  • He climbs to no Olympus or Valhalla, he wanders through no empyrean.

    Robert Browning C. H. Herford
  • In the last line the first four words marshal the great procession in solid array; the last two lift it high into the empyrean.

    Milton Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
  • He saw himself the eyes of an army, the scout of the empyrean.

    The Last Shot Frederick Palmer
  • When a hurricane arises they mount up far above the storm, and remain in these empyrean regions until it is again fine weather.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • They lift one to the empyrean like nothing else I know of outside the Bible.

British Dictionary definitions for empyrean


(archaic) the highest part of the (supposedly spherical) heavens, thought in ancient times to contain the pure element of fire and by early Christians to be the abode of God and the angels
(poetic) the heavens or sky
of or relating to the sky, the heavens, or the empyrean
heavenly or sublime
(archaic) composed of fire
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin empyreus, from Greek empuros fiery, from pur fire
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for empyrean

mid-14c. (as empyre), from Greek empyros "fiery," from en (see en- (2)) + pyr "fire" (see fire (n.)); confused by early writers with imperial. In Greek cosmology, the highest heaven, the sphere of pure fire; later baptized with a Christian gloss as "the abode of God and the angels."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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