empyrean

[ em-puh-ree-uh n, -pahy-, em-pir-ee-uh n, -pahy-ree- ]
/ ˌɛm pəˈri ən, -paɪ-, ɛmˈpɪr i ən, -ˈpaɪ ri- /

noun

the highest heaven, supposed by the ancients to contain the pure element of fire.
the visible heavens; the firmament.

adjective

Origin of empyrean

1605–15; < Late Latin empyre(us) empyreal + -an
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empyrean

/ (ˌɛmpaɪˈriːən) /

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

empyrean


n.

mid-14c. (as 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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