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lofty

[lawf-tee, lof-] /ˈlɔf ti, ˈlɒf-/
adjective, loftier, loftiest.
1.
extending high in the air; of imposing height; towering:
lofty mountains.
2.
exalted in rank, dignity, or character; eminent.
3.
elevated in style, tone, or sentiment, as writings or speech.
4.
arrogantly or condescendingly superior in manner; haughty:
to treat someone in a lofty manner.
5.
Nautical. noting a rig of a sailing ship having extraordinarily high masts.
6.
(of fabric or yarn) thick and resilient.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see loft, -y1
Related forms
loftily, adverb
loftiness, noun
overloftily, adverb
overloftiness, noun
overlofty, adjective
unlofty, adjective
Synonyms
1. elevated. See high. 3. sublime. 4. supercilious.
Antonyms
2. lowly. 4. humble.
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British Dictionary definitions for loftier

lofty

/ˈlɒftɪ/
adjective loftier, loftiest
1.
of majestic or imposing height
2.
exalted or noble in character or nature
3.
haughty or supercilious
4.
elevated, eminent, or superior
Derived Forms
loftily, adverb
loftiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for loftier

lofty

adj.

"exalted, of high rank," early 15c.; also "with a high purpose," from loft + -y (2). From early 14c. as a surname. Literal sense of "high" is attested from 1580s. Related: Loftily; loftiness.

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