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sublime

[suh-blahym] /səˈblaɪm/
adjective
1.
elevated or lofty in thought, language, etc.: Paradise Lost is sublime poetry.
2.
impressing the mind with a sense of grandeur or power; inspiring awe, veneration, etc.:
Switzerland has sublime scenery.
3.
supreme or outstanding:
a sublime dinner.
4.
complete; absolute; utter:
sublime stupidity.
5.
Archaic.
  1. of lofty bearing.
  2. haughty.
6.
Archaic. raised high; high up.
noun
7.
the sublime.
  1. the realm of things that are sublime:
    the sublime in art.
  2. the quality of being sublime:
    the sublime of nature.
  3. the greatest or supreme degree.
verb (used with object), sublimed, subliming.
8.
to make higher, nobler, or purer.
9.
Chemistry.
  1. to convert (a solid substance) by heat into a vapor, which on cooling condenses again to solid form, without apparent liquefaction.
  2. to cause to be given off by this or some analogous process.
verb (used without object), sublimed, subliming.
10.
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
1350-1400
1350-1400; (noun and adj.) < Latin sublīmis high, equivalent to sub- sub- + an element of uncertain origin, variously identified with līmis, līmus oblique or līmen lintel, threshold; (v.) Middle English sublimen < Old French sublimer < Latin sublimāre to raise, derivative of sublimis
Related forms
sublimely, adverb
sublimeness, noun
sublimer, noun
unsublimed, adjective
Can be confused
sublimate, sublime.
Synonyms
1. exalted, noble. 2. magnificent, superb, august, grand, gorgeous, resplendent, imposing, majestic.
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  • I cared for nothing but that sublimely aesthetic impression.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • “No one would see us here,” said she, sublimely irrelevant, as usual.

    The Lady and the Pirate Emerson Hough
  • 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 Charles Whibley
  • We agree that we have seen nothing in our lives so sublimely beautiful.

    In to the Yukon William Seymour Edwards
  • They were sublimely guileless, divinely charitable and inflexibly austere.

    The Outrage Annie Vivanti
British Dictionary definitions for sublimely

sublime

/səˈblaɪm/
adjective
1.
of high moral, aesthetic, intellectual, or spiritual value; noble; exalted
2.
inspiring deep veneration, awe, or uplifting emotion because of its beauty, nobility, grandeur, or immensity
3.
unparalleled; supreme: a sublime compliment
4.
(poetic) of proud bearing or aspect
5.
(archaic) raised up
noun the sublime
6.
something that is sublime
7.
the ultimate degree or perfect example: the sublime of folly
verb
8.
(transitive) to make higher or purer
9.
to change or cause to change directly from a solid to a vapour or gas without first melting: to sublime iodine, many mercury salts sublime when heated
10.
to undergo or cause to undergo this process followed by a reverse change directly from a vapour to a solid: to sublime iodine onto glass
Derived Forms
sublimely, adverb
sublimity (səˈblɪmɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin sublīmis lofty, perhaps from sub- up to + līmen lintel
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Word Origin and History for sublimely

sublime

adj.

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).

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