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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

Porte /pɔːt/ n
  1. Also called: Sublime Porte the court or government of the Ottoman Empire
Etymology: 17th Century: shortened from French Sublime Porte High Gate, rendering the Turkish title Babi Ali, the imperial gate, which was regarded as the seat of government

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