Earthquakes of such vast power, too, are sublime, and speak to deadly forces beyond our power to conquer, or even fully grasp.
“It seems like volunteers for ISIS are surfing for the sublime,” Atran wrote to me on Sunday.
Then, we have the pulse-pounding Captain Phillips, the sublime Nebraska, and the insane The Wolf of Wall Street.
The shots alternate like this across the whole 14-minute piece, ping-ponging us from the raucous to the sublime and back.
It was inspiring, it was uplifting, this sublime ceremonial.
Could anything be nobler than to die for a grand, a sublime Cause?
Life is working here as elsewhere, for some sublime purpose.
To-day the orator has become a sublime reasoner, the shepherd of ideas.
"I shall try," Cornelius said, with an expression of most sublime fortitude.
Pindar was the boldest, the most fervid and the most sublime.
1580s, "expressing lofty ideas in an elevated manner," from Middle French sublime, from Latin sublimis "uplifted, high, lofty," possibly originally "sloping up to the lintel," from sub "up to" + limen "lintel."
The sublime (n.) "the sublime part of anything" is from 1670s. Sublime Porte, former title of the Ottoman government, is from French la Sublime Porte, literally "the high gate," a loan-translation of Arabic Bab 'Ali, title of the Ottoman court at Constantinople (cf. mikado).