[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.

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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Historical Examples of empyreal

  • So small is the World, compared with the wide extent of the empyreal Heaven.


    Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh

  • For her the amaranth of the empyreal Heaven is as comfortless as the adamant of Hell.


    Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh

  • This latter had in the upper part of it the empyreal, or heaven of pure light.

    Astronomical Myths

    John F. Blake

  • The first was the empyreal heaven, which was the most remote.

    Astronomical Myths

    John F. Blake

  • Khirad, Intelligence or the first Intelligence, was supposed to be the guardian of the empyreal heaven (Erskine).

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan

Word Origin and History for empyreal

late 15c.; see empyrean.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper