|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|
|6.||something that is sublime|
|7.||the ultimate degree or perfect example: the sublime of folly|
|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]|
in literary criticism, grandeur of thought, emotion, and spirit that characterizes great literature. It is the topic of an incomplete treatise, On the Sublime, that was for long attributed to the 3rd-century Greek philosopher Cassius Longinus but now believed to have been written in the 1st century AD by an unknown writer frequently designated Pseudo-Longinus.
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