lofty

[lawf-tee, lof-]
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:
1400–50; late Middle English; see loft, -y1

loftily, adverb
loftiness, noun
overloftily, adverb
overloftiness, noun
overlofty, adjective
unlofty, adjective


1. elevated. See high. 3. sublime. 4. supercilious.


2. lowly. 4. humble.
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lofty (ˈlɒftɪ)
 
adj , 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
 
'loftily
 
adv
 
'loftiness
 
n

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lofty
"exalted," also "with a high purpose," 15c., from loft + -y (2). Literal sense of "high" is attested from 1580s. Related: Loftily.
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Example sentences
We also think it should be researched because it is one of the loftiest
  volcanoes in the world.
Its site at the highest point in the colonial town is still one of the loftiest
  in the modern city.
In it, one can find some of the loftiest language ever used to describe history.
On these grounds the loftiest that could be submitted, it was an honor to any
  regiment to be united with them.
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