Sunday, November 11, 2001
empyrean noun [em-py-REE-uhn; -PEER-ee-] The highest heaven, in ancient belief usually thought to be a realm of pure fire or light.
Definitions for empyrean
- The highest heaven, in ancient belief usually thought to be a realm of pure fire or light.
- Heaven; paradise.
- The heavens; the sky.
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Citations for empyrean
She might have been an angel arguing a point in the empyrean if she hadn't been, so completely, a woman.
In the poem -- one he had the good sense finally to abandon -- he pictured himself as a blind moth raised among butterflies, which for a brief moment had found itself rising upward into the empyrean to behold "Great horizons and systems and shores all along," only to find its wings crumpling and itself falling -- like Icarus -- back to earth.
Origin of empyrean
Empyrean comes from Medieval Latin empyreum, ultimately from Greek empurios, from en-, "in" + pyr, "fire."