WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
sub•lime /səˈblaɪm/USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. elevated or lofty in thought, language, etc.
  2. impressing the mind with a sense of grandness or power.
  3. supreme or outstanding:a sublime dinner.

n. [uncountable] the sublime: 
  • the realm of things that are sublime:from the sublime to the ridiculous.
  • the greatest or supreme degree.
See -lim-.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

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
  4. poetic of proud bearing or aspect
  5. archaic raised up
n the sublime
  1. something that is sublime
  2. the ultimate degree or perfect example: the sublime of folly
  1. (transitive) to make higher or purer
  2. to change or cause to change directly from a solid to a vapour or gas without first melting
  3. 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
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin sublīmis lofty, perhaps from sub- up to + līmen lintel

subˈlimely adv sublimity /səˈblɪmɪtɪ/ n

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