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Examples from the Web for sublimation
Cinabar rises wholly by sublimation, without suffering any decomposition; because the two substances of which it consists, viz.Elements of the Theory and Practice of Chymistry, 5th ed.|Pierre Joseph Macquer
It required also deep-seated iniquity of heart, and in this there was no lack, for they were the sublimation of depravity.Secret Band of Brothers|Jonathan Harrington Green
Sublimation: The act of freeing sex-energy from definitely sexual aims; utilization of sex-energy for nonsexual ends.Outwitting Our Nerves|Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
After 12 hours the furnace is allowed to cool, provided the probe wires show that the sublimation is over.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
Therefore the main characters of that life history, that steady undivided process of sublimation; are normal human characters.The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day|Evelyn Underhill
late 14c., in alchemy, "process of purifying by heating into a vapor," from Medieval Latin sublimationem (nominative sublimatio) "refinement," literally "a lifting up, deliverance," from Latin sublimare "to raise, elevate," from sublimis "lofty" (see sublime). Psychological sense is first recorded 1910, probably influenced by subliminal.
In Freudian psychology, a defense mechanism by which the individual satisfies a socially prohibited instinctive drive (usually sexual or aggressive) through the substitution of socially acceptable behavior. For example, someone with strong sexual drives who paints nude portraits may be engaging in sublimation.