sublimation [ suhb-l uh- mey-sh uhn ] SHOW IPA / ˌsʌb ləˈmeɪ ʃən / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun Psychology. the diversion of the energy of a sexual or other biological impulse from its immediate goal to one of a more acceptable social, moral, or aesthetic nature or use. Chemistry. the act, fact, or process of subliming (def. 9). a purification or refinement; ennoblement. QUIZZES QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!
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OTHER WORDS FROM sublimation sub·li·ma·tion·al, adjective non·sub·li·ma·tion, noun re·sub·li·ma·tion, noun Words nearby sublimation sub-level
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Example sentences from the Web for sublimation
The conversation about happiness is from episode three, and the
sublimation question is from episode four.
So I don’t know enough about
sublimation to say whether what I do daily is an act of sublimation.
And that treatise of Van de Water, the Belgian, on the
sublimation of the sub-conscious by the negation of the self-censor.
Personal experience, they say, means more to them than theory, even though the theory be the
sublimation of all experience.
sublimation having been carried to a sufficient extent, the fires are allowed to die out.
The residuum consists of a violet-coloured powder, which, by
sublimation, is converted into cinnabar.
It is then refined by a second
sublimation, and melted into the masses in which it is commonly sold. noun (in Freudian psychology) the diversion of psychic energy derived from sexual impulses into nonsexual activity, esp of a creative nature the process or an instance of sublimating something sublimated chem the process or instance or subliming
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n. The act or process of sublimating. Something that has been sublimated. An unconscious defense mechanism in which unacceptable instinctual drives and wishes are modified into more personally and socially acceptable channels.
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The process of changing from a solid to a gas without passing through an intermediate liquid phase. Carbon dioxide, at a pressure of one atmosphere, sublimates at about -78 degrees Celsius. Ice and snow on the Earth's surface also sublimate at temperatures below the freezing point of water. Compare deposition.
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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.
chemistry, the direct conversion of a solid into a gas, without passage through a liquid stage. ( See phases of matter.)
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