- extending high in the air; of imposing height; towering: lofty mountains.
- exalted in rank, dignity, or character; eminent.
- elevated in style, tone, or sentiment, as writings or speech.
- arrogantly or condescendingly superior in manner; haughty: to treat someone in a lofty manner.
- Nautical. noting a rig of a sailing ship having extraordinarily high masts.
- (of fabric or yarn) thick and resilient.
Origin of lofty
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1. elevated. See high. 3. sublime. 4. supercilious.
2. lowly. 4. humble.
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Examples from the Web for loftier
As a popular philosopher and self-help evangelizer, he is in the assertion business—the loftier the better.What is the News? Whatever Alain de Botton Thinks It Is
February 20, 2014
Notwithstanding his own loftier goals, it is questionable whether mescaline and LSD gave Huxley the enlightenment he craved.Three Great Men Died That Day: JFK, C.S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley
November 3, 2013
But the creators, who graduated from middle school (and beyond), have loftier goals than one might imagine.Bang With Friends: Facebook Sex App Creators Talk Controversial Product
January 29, 2013
To say that I was the object of a Gore Vidal grudge is to place me in loftier company than I deserve.Stephen Schiff: My (Relatively Small) Crime Against Gore Vidal
August 2, 2012
He took a risk by throwing so many punches, coming down from a loftier perch to the trenches where campaigns are won and lost.Mitt Romney Smacks Newt Gingrich in Florida Brawl at NBC Debate
January 24, 2012
It was of the room I slept in, only it was narrower in the dream, and loftier, and the window was gone.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
The more I think of that, the loftier and simpler it seems to grow.Wilfrid Cumbermede
No one doubts which of them had the purer and loftier ideals.War Letters of a Public-School Boy
We have five like this, Sir; and on the other floor there is one still larger and loftier.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
A loftier ideal of the nobleness of true womanhood has come to me.Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times
Charles Carleton Coffin
- of majestic or imposing height
- exalted or noble in character or nature
- haughty or supercilious
- elevated, eminent, or superior
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Word Origin and History for loftier
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