- Psychology. the diversion of the energy of a sexual or other biological impulse from its immediate goal to one of a more acceptable social, moral, or aesthetic nature or use.
- Chemistry. the act, fact, or process of subliming(def 9).
- a purification or refinement; ennoblement.
Examples from the Web for sublimation
In them was seen a sublimation of all of her; it was not necessary to look further: there she lived.A Pair of Blue Eyes
The Freudian school of psychologists calls this "sublimation."A Preface to Politics
This in general is the process of substitution or sublimation.Introduction to the Science of Sociology
Robert E. Park
It is further purified by sublimation or recrystallization from water.All About Coffee
William H. Ukers
In the sublimation of sulphur, a pot containing about four cwt.
- (in Freudian psychology) the diversion of psychic energy derived from sexual impulses into nonsexual activity, esp of a creative nature
- the process or an instance of sublimating
- something sublimated
- chem the process or instance or subliming
Word Origin and History for sublimation
late 14c., in alchemy, "process of purifying by heating into a vapor," from Medieval Latin sublimationem (nominative sublimatio) "refinement," literally "a lifting up, deliverance," from Latin sublimare "to raise, elevate," from sublimis "lofty" (see sublime). Psychological sense is first recorded 1910, probably influenced by subliminal.
- The act or process of sublimating.
- Something that has been sublimated.
- An unconscious defense mechanism in which unacceptable instinctual drives and wishes are modified into more personally and socially acceptable channels.
- The process of changing from a solid to a gas without passing through an intermediate liquid phase. Carbon dioxide, at a pressure of one atmosphere, sublimates at about -78 degrees Celsius. Ice and snow on the Earth's surface also sublimate at temperatures below the freezing point of water. Compare deposition.
In Freudian psychology, a defense mechanism by which the individual satisfies a socially prohibited instinctive drive (usually sexual or aggressive) through the substitution of socially acceptable behavior. For example, someone with strong sexual drives who paints nude portraits may be engaging in sublimation.