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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

OTHER WORDS FROM sublime

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH sublime

sublimate, sublime
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How to use sublime in a sentence

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 of sublime

sublimely, adverbsublimity (səˈblɪmɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for sublime

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