- 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 sublimely
Fried chicken is sublimely delicious when done right, and even when it's done wrong, it's not bad.The Economic History of Stereotypes
June 3, 2013
You were utterly, sublimely defenseless against the laughter.A Eulogy for Marie Colvin
March 14, 2012
For all the sublimely horrible things that undoubtedly happened, though, they were more than balanced out by the good things.Best Decade Ever
December 31, 2009
I cared for nothing but that sublimely aesthetic impression.The Arrow of Gold
“No one would see us here,” said she, sublimely irrelevant, as usual.The Lady and the Pirate
And Lorraine's education began, too—but she was sublimely unconscious of that fact.Lorraine
Robert W. Chambers
And heroic, sublimely heroic, may be the Christianity of the battlefield.Winning the Wilderness
Margaret Hill McCarter
And all the while America is sublimely unconscious that the joys of childhood are not hers.American Sketches
- 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 sublimely
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).