- elevated or lofty in thought, language, etc.: Paradise Lost is sublime poetry.
- impressing the mind with a sense of grandeur or power; inspiring awe, veneration, etc.: Switzerland has sublime scenery.
- supreme or outstanding: a sublime dinner.
- complete; absolute; utter: sublime stupidity.
- of lofty bearing.
- Archaic. raised high; high up.
- the sublime,
- the realm of things that are sublime: the sublime in art.
- the quality of being sublime: the sublime of nature.
- the greatest or supreme degree.
- to make higher, nobler, or purer.
- to convert (a solid substance) by heat into a vapor, which on cooling condenses again to solid form, without apparent liquefaction.
- to cause to be given off by this or some analogous process.
- Chemistry. to volatilize from the solid state to a gas, and then condense again as a solid without passing through the liquid state.
Origin of sublime
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Examples from the Web for sublime
From this louche improbable source pours music of sublime beauty without one false note.Why Can’t Movies Capture Genius?
December 14, 2014
“It seems like volunteers for ISIS are surfing for the sublime,” Atran wrote to me on Sunday.ISIS, Hip-Hop Jihadists and the Man Who Killed James Foley
August 25, 2014
Ragtime was as sophisticated as Stravinsky, Van Vechten asserted, blues singer Clara Smith as sublime an artist as any opera diva.The Man Who Made American Modernism
February 19, 2014
Then, we have the pulse-pounding Captain Phillips, the sublime Nebraska, and the insane The Wolf of Wall Street.2014 Oscar Predictions: Who Will and Who Should Be Nominated
Marlow Stern, Kevin Fallon
January 15, 2014
And credit for that goes to the sublime Jean Stapleton, the actress who brought Edith Bunker so vividly to life for so long.The Deaths You Missed This Year
Malcolm Jones, Jimmy So, Michael Moynihan, Caitlin Dickson
December 30, 2013
You had thought it of such bigness—its concerns of a sublime tragicness?The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The answer of the son came with an immutable finality, the sublime faith of love.Within the Law
The Trinity is one of the most sublime mysteries of our holy religion.The Devil's Dictionary
And with this selfish, there mingled a generous and sublime sentiment.Leila, Complete
Life is working here as elsewhere, for some sublime purpose.The Comrade In White
W. H. Leathem
- of high moral, aesthetic, intellectual, or spiritual value; noble; exalted
- inspiring deep veneration, awe, or uplifting emotion because of its beauty, nobility, grandeur, or immensity
- unparalleled; supremea sublime compliment
- poetic of proud bearing or aspect
- archaic raised up
- something that is sublime
- the ultimate degree or perfect examplethe sublime of folly
- (tr) to make higher or purer
- to change or cause to change directly from a solid to a vapour or gas without first meltingto sublime iodine; many mercury salts sublime when heated
- to undergo or cause to undergo this process followed by a reverse change directly from a vapour to a solidto sublime iodine onto glass
Word Origin and History for sublime
1580s, "expressing lofty ideas in an elevated manner," from Middle French sublime, from Latin sublimis "uplifted, high, lofty," possibly originally "sloping up to the lintel," from sub "up to" + limen "lintel."
The sublime (n.) "the sublime part of anything" is from 1670s. Sublime Porte, former title of the Ottoman government, is from French la Sublime Porte, literally "the high gate," a loan-translation of Arabic Bab 'Ali, title of the Ottoman court at Constantinople (cf. mikado).