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Saturday, July 09, 2011

Definitions for sublimate

  1. In psychology, to direct the energy of a primitive impulse into activities that are considered to be socially more acceptable.
  2. In chemistry, to refine or purify a substance.
  3. To make nobler or purer.

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Citations for sublimate
I sublimate my depression into creativity, but as a man who can only focus on one thing at a time, I can only sublimate into one target. Marc Koetzle, The World of Should
But with the love thing -- love your enemies, turn the other cheek - they could sublimate the other things, they transcended them. Toni Morrison, Danille Kathleen Taylor-Guthrie, Conversations with Toni Morrison
Origin of sublimate
Sublimate is based on the Latin sublimatus, "to exalt."