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[em-pir-ee-uh l, -pahy-ree-, em-puh-ree-uh l, -pahy-] /ɛmˈpɪr i əl, -ˈpaɪ ri-, ˌɛm pəˈri əl, -paɪ-/
pertaining to the highest heaven in the cosmology of the ancients.
pertaining to the sky; celestial:
empyreal blue.
formed of pure fire or light:
empyreal radiance.
Also, empyrean.
Origin of empyreal
1475-85; < Late Latin empyre(us), variant of empyrius (< Greek empýrios fiery, equivalent to em- em-2 + pŷr fire + -ios adj. suffix) + -al1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This latter had in the upper part of it the empyreal, or heaven of pure light.

    Astronomical Myths John F. Blake
  • The first was the empyreal heaven, which was the most remote.

    Astronomical Myths John F. Blake
  • For her the amaranth of the empyreal Heaven is as comfortless as the adamant of Hell.

    Milton Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
  • At Acropolis, near Athens, Minerva's statue formerly fell from the empyreal heaven.

  • Khirad, Intelligence or the first Intelligence, was supposed to be the guardian of the empyreal heaven (Erskine).

    The Bbur-nma in English Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • Mr Priestley gave it the name of dephlogisticated air, Mr Scheele called it empyreal air.

    Elements of Chemistry, Antoine Lavoisier
  • So small is the World, compared with the wide extent of the empyreal Heaven.

    Milton Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
Word Origin and History for empyreal

late 15c.; see empyrean.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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