WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
sub•lime /səˈblaɪm/USA pronunciation
- elevated or lofty in thought, language, etc.
- impressing the mind with a sense of grandness or power.
- supreme or outstanding:a sublime dinner.
- the sublime:
- the realm of things that are sublime:from the sublime to the ridiculous.
- the greatest or supreme degree.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
sublime /səˈblaɪm/ adj
n the sublime ⇒
- of high moral, aesthetic, intellectual, or spiritual value; noble; exalted
- inspiring deep veneration, awe, or uplifting emotion because of its beauty, nobility, grandeur, or immensity
- unparalleled; supreme
- poetic of proud bearing or aspect
- archaic raised up
- something that is sublime
- the ultimate degree or perfect example: the sublime of folly
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin sublīmis lofty, perhaps from sub- up to + līmen lintelsubˈlimely adv sublimity /səˈblɪmɪtɪ/ n
- (transitive) to make higher or purer
- to change or cause to change directly from a solid to a vapour or gas without first melting
- 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
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