AskDefine | Define sublime

Dictionary Definition

sublime adj
1 inspiring awe; "well-meaning ineptitude that rises to empyreal absurdity"- M.S.Dworkin; "empyrean aplomb"- Hamilton Basso; "the sublime beauty of the night" [syn: empyreal, empyrean]
2 worthy of adoration or reverence [syn: revered, reverenced, reverend, venerated]
3 lifted up or set high; "their hearts were jocund and sublime"- Milton

Verb

1 vaporize and then condense right back again [syn: sublimate]
2 change or cause to change directly from a solid into a vapor without first melting; "sublime iodine"; "some salts sublime when heated" [syn: sublimate]

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English

Etymology

From around 1350-1400, from the word sublīmis (meaning "high"), from sub- ("up to" or "upwards') + uncertain, often identified with the latin word līmis, the of līmus (meaning "oblique") or the word līmen (meanin "threshold", "entrance" or "lintel").

Pronunciation

Translations

noble and majestic
impressive and awe-inspiring
terrifying
  • Japanese: 酷い(ひどい, hidoi)

Noun

  1. something sublime

Translations

something sublime

Verb

  1. chemistry physics To sublimate.

Translations

Related terms

French

Verb

  1. Form of First-person singular present subjunctive, sublimer
  2. Form of Third-person singular present subjunctive, sublimer
  3. Form of Second-person singular imperative, sublimer

Portuguese

Adjective

sublime

Noun

sublime

Adjective

  1. sublime

Extensive Definition

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See also

sublime in French: Sublime (homonymie)
sublime in Dutch: Sublime
sublime in Portuguese: Sublime

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