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empyrean

[em-puh-ree-uh n, -pahy-, em-pir-ee-uh n, -pahy-ree-] /ˌɛm pəˈri ən, -paɪ-, ɛmˈpɪr i ən, -ˈpaɪ ri-/
noun
1.
the highest heaven, supposed by the ancients to contain the pure element of fire.
2.
the visible heavens; the firmament.
adjective
3.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Late Latin empyre(us) empyreal + -an
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  • From the ninth sphere to the empyrean, which is mere light.
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British Dictionary definitions for empyrean

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 empyrean
n.

mid-14c. (as empyre), from Greek empyros "fiery," from en (see en- (2)) + pyr "fire" (see fire (n.)); confused by early writers with imperial. In Greek cosmology, the highest heaven, the sphere of pure fire; later baptized with a Christian gloss as "the abode of God and the angels."

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