- of lofty bearing.
- the realm of things that are sublime: the sublime in art.
- the quality of being sublime: the sublime of nature.
- the greatest or supreme degree.
verb (used with object), sub·limed, sub·lim·ing.
- to convert (a solid substance) by heat into a vapor, which on cooling condenses again to solid form, without apparent liquefaction.
- to cause to be given off by this or some analogous process.
verb (used without object), sub·limed, sub·lim·ing.
Origin of sublime
Examples from the Web for sublime
From this louche improbable source pours music of sublime beauty without one false note.
“It seems like volunteers for ISIS are surfing for the sublime,” Atran wrote to me on Sunday.ISIS, Hip-Hop Jihadists and the Man Who Killed James Foley|Christopher Dickey|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ragtime was as sophisticated as Stravinsky, Van Vechten asserted, blues singer Clara Smith as sublime an artist as any opera diva.
Then, we have the pulse-pounding Captain Phillips, the sublime Nebraska, and the insane The Wolf of Wall Street.2014 Oscar Predictions: Who Will and Who Should Be Nominated|Marlow Stern, Kevin Fallon|January 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And credit for that goes to the sublime Jean Stapleton, the actress who brought Edith Bunker so vividly to life for so long.
It will win artists to a phase of the sublime in America which they have overlooked.The Book of the National Parks|Robert Sterling Yard
You do or you do not use the Longinian word ὑψος in the modern sense of the sublime.The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey--Vol. 1|Thomas de Quincey
How much more magnificent and sublime patricianism might have been but for these admixtures, it is impossible to say.Penelope: or, Love's Labour Lost, Vol. 2 (of 3)|William Pitt Scargill
The sound, I think, is one of the grandest in nature, and is of the true species of the sublime. '
It is the sublime drama of all the ages, and the last act is now on, the final scene about to unfold.The Strength of the 'Mormon' Position|Orson F. Whitney
British Dictionary definitions for sublime
noun the sublime
Word Origin for sublime
Word Origin and History for sublime
1580s, "expressing lofty ideas in an elevated manner," from Middle French sublime, from Latin sublimis "uplifted, high, lofty," possibly originally "sloping up to the lintel," from sub "up to" + limen "lintel."
The sublime (n.) "the sublime part of anything" is from 1670s. Sublime Porte, former title of the Ottoman government, is from French la Sublime Porte, literally "the high gate," a loan-translation of Arabic Bab 'Ali, title of the Ottoman court at Constantinople (cf. mikado).