Origin of sublime

1350–1400; (noun and adj.) < Latin sublīmis high, equivalent to sub- sub- + an element of uncertain origin, variously identified with līmis, līmus oblique or līmen lintel, threshold; (v.) Middle English sublimen < Old French sublimer < Latin sublimāre to raise, derivative of sublimis

Related forms

sub·lime·ly, adverbsub·lime·ness, nounsub·lim·er, nounun·sub·limed, adjective

Can be confused

sublimate sublime
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British Dictionary definitions for sublime

sublime

/ (səˈblaɪm) /

adjective

noun the sublime

something that is sublime
the ultimate degree or perfect examplethe sublime of folly

verb

Derived Forms

sublimely, adverbsublimity (səˈblɪmɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for sublime

C14: from Latin sublīmis lofty, perhaps from sub- up to + līmen lintel
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