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Definitions of sublime

  1. inspiring awe; " well- meaning ineptitude that rises to empyreal absurdity"- M. S. Dworkin; " empyrean aplomb"- Hamilton Basso; " the sublime beauty of the night"
  2. worthy of adoration or reverence
  3. vaporize and then condense right back again
  4. change or cause to change directly from a solid into a vapor without first melting; " sublime iodine"; " some salts sublime when heated"
  5. ( archaic) lifted up or set high; " their hearts were jocund and sublime"- Milton
  6. lifted up or set high; " their hearts were jocund and sublime"- Milton
  7. Lifted up; high in place; exalted aloft; uplifted; lofty.
  8. Distinguished by lofty or noble traits; eminent; -- said of persons.
  9. Awakening or expressing the emotion of awe, adoration, veneration, heroic resolve, etc.; dignified; grand; solemn; stately; -- said of an impressive object in nature, of an action, of a discourse, of a work of art, of a spectacle, etc.; as, sublime scenery; a sublime deed.
  10. Elevated by joy; elate.
  11. Lofty of mien; haughty; proud.
  12. That which is sublime; -- with the definite article
  13. A grand or lofty style in speaking or writing; a style that expresses lofty conceptions.
  14. That which is grand in nature or art, as distinguished from the merely beautiful.
  15. To raise on high.
  16. To subject to the process of sublimation; to heat, volatilize, and condense in crystals or powder; to distill off, and condense in solid form; hence, also, to purify.
  17. To exalt; to heighten; to improve; to purify.
  18. To dignify; to ennoble.
  19. To pass off in vapor, with immediate condensation; specifically, to evaporate or volatilize from the solid state without apparent melting; -- said of those substances, like arsenic, benzoic acid, etc., which do not exhibit a liquid form on heating, except under increased pressure.
  20. Causing a feeling of awe and reverence; filling the mind with a sense of greatness, power, or grandeur; exalted in nature; noble; said of persons; elevated in style; very high in degree; as, sublime faith or trust in another.
  21. That which is grand or awe- inspiring in works of nature or art as distinguished from the merely beautiful: with the.
  22. To dignify or exalt; to make noble: to cause to pass from solid to vapor form and thence back to solid.
  23. To pass from a solid to vapor, and again change to solid form without showing a liquid form.
  24. Sublimely.
  25. Sublimeness.
  26. 1. To sublimate. 2. To undergo a process of sublimation.
  27. High: lofty: majestic: awakening feelings of awe or veneration.
  28. That which is sublime: the lofty or grand in thought or style: the emotion produced by sublime objects.
  29. To exalt: to dignify, to ennoble: to improve: to purify, to bring to a state of vapor by heat and condense again by cold.
  30. To be sublimed or sublimated.
  31. A lofty style; sublimity.
  32. Lofty; majestic; awakening awe.
  33. To be sublimated.
  34. To exalt; dignify; convert into vapor, by heat, as a solid substance.
  35. To exalt.
  36. To sublimate.
  37. Lofty; grand; solemn; majestic; nobl; supreme; utmost.
  38. That which is sublime, grandeur; loftiness; majesty. sublimeness.
  39. That which is sublime; the acme; climax; pinnacle.
  40. High in place; exalted aloft; high in excellence; exalted by nature; high in style or sentiment; elevated in manner.
  41. To sublimate; to exalt; to heighten; to improve; to dignify.
  42. To be capable of sublimation. The sublime, that which is sublime in nature or art, as suggestive of something great, lofty, or noble, and exciting a sense of awe or of elation; also the feeling it inspires.
  43. Elevated aloft; very high in excellence; lofty in style or sentiment; grand; majestic.
  44. The surpassing grand in nature or art, as distinguished from the beautiful; a grand or lofty style.
  45. To reduce a solid substance into a state of vapour by heat, to be again brought to a solid state by cooling; to exalt; to improve.
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Quotes of sublime

  1. The elementary school must assume as its sublime and most solemn responsibility the task of teaching every child in it to read. Any school that does not accomplish this has failed. – William Bennett
  2. There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous. – Napoleon Bonaparte
  3. That cry of the soul to be lifted out of the bondage of the narrow circle of life, which carries up to God the protest and yearning of suffering man, never finds a more sublime expression than where humanity is oppressed and religion is corrupt. – Hall Caine
  4. If there is one realm in which it is essential to be sublime it is in wickedness. You spit on a petty thief, but you can't deny a kind of respect for the great criminal. – Denis Diderot
  5. There's only a step from the sublime to the ridiculous, but there's no road leading from the ridiculous to the sublime – Lion Feuchtwanger
  6. There is sublime thieving in all giving. Someone gives us all he has and we are his. – Eric Hoffer
  7. Whatever our creed, we stand with admiration before the sublime character of Jesus. – E. Stanley Jones
  8. He, who cannot forgive a trespass of malice to his enemy, has never yet tasted the most sublime enjoyment of love. – Johann Kaspar Lavater
  9. Terrible and sublime thought, that every moment is supreme for some man and woman, every hour the apotheosis of some passion! – William McFee
  10. Genius creates, and taste preserves. Taste is the good sense of genius; without taste, genius is only sublime folly. – Alexander Pope
  11. I'm sorry my existence is not very noble or sublime – Keanu Reeves
  12. The musician is perhaps the most modest of animals, but he is also the proudest. It is he who invented the sublime art of ruining poetry. – Erik Satie
  13. Has it struck you that the music which is regarded as the most sublime in western civilization, which is the music of Bach, is called baroque? – Pierre Schaeffer
  14. Beauty is that which is simultaneously attractive and sublime – Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
  15. We've always lived in dark times. There has always been a range of human experience from the sublime to the brutal, and stories reflect it. It's no less brutal now; each age has its horrors. – Terri Windling

Usage examples for sublime

  1. The storm now suddenly subsided, and the total calm which succeeded to the wild tumult of the winds and waves, produced a striking and sublime effect. – A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe
  2. We select it, first, because it is and always has been thoroughly Catholic, from the day when it first embraced Christianity; and this, under the circumstances, we take to be the best proof, not only of supreme good sense, but, moreover, of an elevated, even a sublime character. – Irish Race in the Past and the Present by Aug. J. Thebaud
  3. It was pulled down in 1836, in order to make room for the new structure undertaken, but never completed, in 1837. This sublime monument of the city's folly, was begun on a scale of unexampled magnificence, and had it been possible to complete it, would have been one of the most beautiful buildings in the West. – The History of Louisville, from the Earliest Settlement till the Year 1852 by Ben Casseday
  4. For an hour or more, she kept to the streets of the village, with the sublime unconsciousness of the city- bred, too absorbed in her own thoughts to know that she was stared at and freely commented upon by those to whom a stranger was a source of excitement. – Master of the Vineyard by Myrtle Reed
  5. Wrapped up in his sublime office, he saw not the danger, but still persisted in his prayers. – Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism by F. V. N. Painter
  6. As for Miss White's father, continued the old lady, with a little laugh, perhaps he believes in those sublime theories of art he is always preaching about. – Macleod of Dare by William Black
  7. " How sorrowful and sublime is the face of that statue yonder," said Flemming. – Hyperion by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  8. There is something sublime to me in your treatment of such a work at such a time. – A Fearful Responsibility and Other Stories by William D. Howells
  9. He rear'd his chest Sublime amid the temple; and around Darted his eyes, which shone with living fire. – The Metamorphoses of Publius Ovidus Naso in English blank verse Vols. I & II by Ovid
  10. Sublime and great beyond all our dreams, we may be sure, shall be the issue. – The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon by Alexander Maclaren
  11. The scene was fearfully sublime the effect tremendous. – Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution by L. Carroll Judson
  12. It implies utter indifference to or sublime contempt for his remarks, no matter how serious. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  13. But to those who were of the South, it was sublime – The Burial of the Guns by Thomas Nelson Page
  14. The fragments of Accius afford the first hint of that enjoyment of natural beauty which enters largely into the poetry of a later age; but one or two fragments of Pacuvius, like several passages in Ennius, show the power of observing and describing the sublime and terrible aspects of Nature. – The Roman Poets of the Republic by W. Y. Sellar
  15. Simple, innocent creature- why should providence have chosen her to be the vessel of such a sublime notion? – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  16. Since we never have studied, and never shall study, your sublime productions. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  17. His sublime faith that she heard and understood, not the Lucy on the bed but the Lucy who had not yet gone on to the blessed company of heaven, carried him back to his bed, comforted and reassured. – The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  18. But then we are not finding it sublime – Oxford Lectures on Poetry by Andrew Cecil Bradley
  19. But have you no respect for your art, the greatest and most sublime of all arts? – The Red Room by August Strindberg
  20. Gradually the sense of the sublime duties to which they have vowed themselves, and the example of the older brethren work a wonderful change in them for the better. – The Friars in the Philippines by Ambrose Coleman

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