empyrean [em-p uh- ree- uh n, -pahy-, em- pir-ee- uh n, - pahy-ree-] noun the highest heaven, supposed by the ancients to contain the pure element of fire. the visible heavens; the firmament. Origin of empyrean 1605–15;
Late Latin empyre(us
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But the sun shines in the
empyrean all the time, wherever the earth may be.
Instead of soaring to the
empyrean, our feet are firmly planted on the earth.
The region vast: The
empyrean, or tenth and highest heaven of all.
What to me were readers, the public, or all the world, while I was mounting the
And they became what may be called an Evanescent Vapor, until all was lost in the
Empyrean. British Dictionary definitions for empyrean noun archaic the highest part of the (supposedly spherical) heavens, thought in ancient times to contain the pure element of fire and by early Christians to be the abode of God and the angels poetic the heavens or sky adjective Also: empyreal of or relating to the sky, the heavens, or the empyrean heavenly or sublime archaic composed of fire Word Origin for empyrean
C17: from Medieval Latin
empyreus, from Greek empuros fiery, from pur fire
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Word Origin and History for empyrean n.
empyre), from Greek empyros "fiery," from en (see en- (2)) + pyr "fire" (see fire (n.)); confused by early writers with imperial. In Greek cosmology, the highest heaven, the sphere of pure fire; later baptized with a Christian gloss as "the abode of God and the angels."
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