[em-pir-ee-uh l, -pahy-ree-, em-puh-ree-uh l, -pahy-]


pertaining to the highest heaven in the cosmology of the ancients.
pertaining to the sky; celestial: empyreal blue.
formed of pure fire or light: empyreal radiance.

Nearby words

  1. empty-nest syndrome,
  2. empty-nester,
  3. empurple,
  4. empyema,
  5. empyesis,
  6. empyrean,
  7. empyreuma,
  8. emr,
  9. ems,
  10. emt

Also empyrean.

Origin of empyreal

1475–85; < Late Latin empyre(us), variant of empyrius (< Greek empýrios fiery, equivalent to em- em-2 + pŷr fire + -ios adj. suffix) + -al1

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Word Origin and History for empyreal



late 15c.; see empyrean.

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