- 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
Synonyms for sublime
Related Words for sublimeexalted, abstract, superb, transcendent, gorgeous, heavenly, divine, glorious, imposing, elevated, dynamite, august, eminent, grand, high, holy, ideal, lofty, majestic, noble
Examples from the Web for sublime
Contemporary Examples of sublime
From this louche improbable source pours music of sublime beauty without one false note.Why Can’t Movies Capture Genius?
December 14, 2014
“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
August 25, 2014
Ragtime was as sophisticated as Stravinsky, Van Vechten asserted, blues singer Clara Smith as sublime an artist as any opera diva.The Man Who Made American Modernism
February 19, 2014
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
And credit for that goes to the sublime Jean Stapleton, the actress who brought Edith Bunker so vividly to life for so long.The Deaths You Missed This Year
Malcolm Jones, Jimmy So, Michael Moynihan, Caitlin Dickson
December 30, 2013
Historical Examples of sublime
You had thought it of such bigness—its concerns of a sublime tragicness?The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The answer of the son came with an immutable finality, the sublime faith of love.Within the Law
The Trinity is one of the most sublime mysteries of our holy religion.The Devil's Dictionary
And with this selfish, there mingled a generous and sublime sentiment.Leila, Complete
Life is working here as elsewhere, for some sublime purpose.The Comrade In White
W. H. Leathem
noun the sublime
Word Origin 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).