Nearby words

  1. sublicensee,
  2. sublieutenant,
  3. sublimable,
  4. sublimate,
  5. sublimation,
  6. sublime porte,
  7. sublimely,
  8. subliminal,
  9. subliminal advertising,
  10. subliminal perception

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

Can be confusedsublimate 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 Formssublimely, adverbsublimity (səˈblɪmɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for sublime

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

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Word Origin and History for sublime

sublime

adj.

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).

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