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
Closer to my lofty perch, a bald eagle plunges toward unseen prey in the lake's
  blue waters.
He himself viewed his work and his calling in an extremely lofty light.
And there is one method that keeps that lofty goal from being mission
  impossible.
But this is a lofty goal, and the methods are not without critics.
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