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sublime

[suh-blahym]
adjective
1.
elevated or lofty in thought, language, etc.: Paradise Lost is sublime poetry.
2.
impressing the mind with a sense of grandeur or power; inspiring awe, veneration, etc.: Switzerland has sublime scenery.
3.
supreme or outstanding: a sublime dinner.
4.
complete; absolute; utter: sublime stupidity.
5.
Archaic.
a.
of lofty bearing.
6.
Archaic. raised high; high up.
noun
7.
the sublime.
a.
the realm of things that are sublime: the sublime in art.
b.
the quality of sublimity.
c.
the greatest or supreme degree.
verb (used with object), sublimed, subliming.
8.
to make higher, nobler, or purer.
9.
Chemistry.
a.
to convert (a solid substance) by heat into a vapor, which on cooling condenses again to solid form, without apparent liquefaction.
b.
to cause to be given off by this or some analogous process.
verb (used without object), sublimed, subliming.
10.
Chemistry. to volatilize from the solid state to a gas, and then condense again as a solid without passing through the liquid state.

Origin:
1350–1400; (noun and adj.) < Latin sublīmis high, equivalent to sub- sub- + an element of uncertain origin, variously identified with līmis, līmus oblique or līmen lintel, threshold; (v.) Middle English sublimen < Old French sublimer < Latin sublimāre to raise, derivative of sublimis

sublimely, adverb
sublimeness, noun
sublimer, noun
unsublimed, adjective

sublimate, sublime.


1. exalted, noble. 2. magnificent, superb, august, grand, gorgeous, resplendent, imposing, majestic.
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sublime (səˈblaɪm)
 
adj
1.  of high moral, aesthetic, intellectual, or spiritual value; noble; exalted
2.  inspiring deep veneration, awe, or uplifting emotion because of its beauty, nobility, grandeur, or immensity
3.  unparalleled; supreme: a sublime compliment
4.  poetic of proud bearing or aspect
5.  archaic raised up
 
n
6.  something that is sublime
7.  the ultimate degree or perfect example: the sublime of folly
 
vb
8.  (tr) to make higher or purer
9.  to change or cause to change directly from a solid to a vapour or gas without first melting: to sublime iodine; many mercury salts sublime when heated
10.  to undergo or cause to undergo this process followed by a reverse change directly from a vapour to a solid: to sublime iodine onto glass
 
[C14: from Latin sublīmis lofty, perhaps from sub- up to + līmen lintel]
 
sub'limely
 
adv
 
sublimity
 
n

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sublime
1586, "expressing lofty ideas in an elevated manner," from M.Fr. sublime, from L. sublimis "uplifted, high, lofty," possibly originally "sloping up to the lintel," from sub "up to" + limen "lintel." The sublime "the sublime part of anything" is from 1679. Sublime Porte, former title of the Ottoman government,
is from Fr. la Sublime Porte, lit. "the high gate," a loan-translation of Arabic Bab 'Ali, title of the Ottoman court at Constantinople (cf. mikado).
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