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empyreal

[em-pir-ee-uh l, -pahy-ree-, em-puh-ree-uh l, -pahy-] /ɛmˈpɪr i əl, -ˈpaɪ ri-, ˌɛm pəˈri əl, -paɪ-/
adjective
1.
pertaining to the highest heaven in the cosmology of the ancients.
2.
pertaining to the sky; celestial:
empyreal blue.
3.
formed of pure fire or light:
empyreal radiance.
Also, empyrean.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; < Late Latin empyre(us), variant of empyrius (< Greek empýrios fiery, equivalent to em- em-2 + pŷr fire + -ios adj. suffix) + -al1
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  • Nine: the seven planets, the firmament, and the empyreal heaven.
British Dictionary definitions for empyreal

empyrean

/ˌɛmpaɪˈriːən/
noun
1.
(archaic) the highest part of the (supposedly spherical) heavens, thought in ancient times to contain the pure element of fire and by early Christians to be the abode of God and the angels
2.
(poetic) the heavens or sky
adjective
3.
of or relating to the sky, the heavens, or the empyrean
4.
heavenly or sublime
5.
(archaic) composed of fire
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin empyreus, from Greek empuros fiery, from pur fire
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Word Origin and History for empyreal
adj.

late 15c.; see empyrean.

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