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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Definitions for empyrean

  1. The highest heaven, in ancient belief usually thought to be a realm of pure fire or light.
  2. Heaven; paradise.
  3. The heavens; the sky.

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Citations for empyrean
She might have been an angel arguing a point in the empyrean if she hadn't been, so completely, a woman. Edith Wharton, The Atlantic
In the poem -- one he had the good sense finally to abandon -- he pictured himself as a blind moth raised among butterflies, which for a brief moment had found itself rising upward into the empyrean to behold "Great horizons and systems and shores all along," only to find its wings crumpling and itself falling -- like Icarus -- back to earth. Paul Mariani, The Broken Tower: A Life of Hart Crane
Origin of empyrean
Empyrean comes from Medieval Latin empyreum, ultimately from Greek empurios, from en-, "in" + pyr, "fire."