[ lawf-tee, lof- ]
/ ˈlɔf ti, ˈlɒf- /
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adjective, loft·i·er, loft·i·est.
extending high in the air; of imposing height; towering: lofty mountains.
exalted in rank, dignity, or character; eminent.
elevated in style, tone, or sentiment, as writings or speech.
arrogantly or condescendingly superior in manner; haughty: to treat someone in a lofty manner.
Nautical. noting a rig of a sailing ship having extraordinarily high masts.
(of fabric or yarn) thick and resilient.
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OTHER WORDS FROM lofty
loft·i·ly, adverbloft·i·ness, nouno·ver·loft·i·ness, nouno·ver·loft·y, adjective
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How to use lofty in a sentence
The loftiest noses among the winemakers inhale the finest of scents from the tasting glass and proclaim another masterpiece.Napa’s Earthquake Is Not The Only Thing Shaking The Vineyards|Clive Irving|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was something of a dictator, though always cloaking his ambition in the loftiest of Christian terms.The Devil and Woodrow Wilson: An Interview With Joyce Carol Oates|Jane Ciabattari|March 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Their presence of mind had now returned, and their bosoms glowed with the loftiest enthusiasm.
Both were endowed with unusual attractions of person, spirits invigorated by enthusiasm, and the loftiest heroism.
The meanest hind was ennobled by the accolade of martyrdom to the loftiest peerage of the skies.
The loftiest pagan philosophy dwindled into insignificance before the sublimity of Christian hope.
It spoke to the deepest feelings, and inspired the loftiest hopes of the primitive believers.
British Dictionary definitions for lofty
/ (ˈlɒftɪ) /
adjective loftier or loftiest
of majestic or imposing height
exalted or noble in character or nature
haughty or supercilious
elevated, eminent, or superior
Derived forms of loftyloftily, adverbloftiness, noun
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