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. vaporize and then condense right back again
  3. change or cause to change directly from a solid into a vapor without first melting; " sublime iodine"; " some salts sublime when heated"
  4. ( archaic) lifted up or set high; " their hearts were jocund and sublime"- Milton
  5. lifted up or set high; " their hearts were jocund and sublime"- Milton
  6. Lifted up; high in place; exalted aloft; uplifted; lofty.
  7. Distinguished by lofty or noble traits; eminent; -- said of persons.
  8. 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.
  9. Elevated by joy; elate.
  10. Lofty of mien; haughty; proud.
  11. That which is sublime; -- with the definite article
  12. A grand or lofty style in speaking or writing; a style that expresses lofty conceptions.
  13. That which is grand in nature or art, as distinguished from the merely beautiful.
  14. 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.
  15. To exalt; to heighten; to improve; to purify.
  16. To dignify; to ennoble.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. That which is grand or awe- inspiring in works of nature or art as distinguished from the merely beautiful: with the.
  20. To dignify or exalt; to make noble: to cause to pass from solid to vapor form and thence back to solid.
  21. To pass from a solid to vapor, and again change to solid form without showing a liquid form.
  22. Sublimely.
  23. Sublimeness.
  24. High: lofty: majestic: awakening feelings of awe or veneration.
  25. That which is sublime: the lofty or grand in thought or style: the emotion produced by sublime objects.
  26. To exalt: to dignify, to ennoble: to improve: to purify, to bring to a state of vapor by heat and condense again by cold.
  27. To be sublimed or sublimated.
  28. A lofty style; sublimity.
  29. Lofty; majestic; awakening awe.
  30. To be sublimated.
  31. To exalt; dignify; convert into vapor, by heat, as a solid substance.
  32. To exalt.
  33. To sublimate.
  34. Lofty; grand; solemn; majestic; nobl; supreme; utmost.
  35. That which is sublime, grandeur; loftiness; majesty. sublimeness.
  36. That which is sublime; the acme; climax; pinnacle.
  37. High in place; exalted aloft; high in excellence; exalted by nature; high in style or sentiment; elevated in manner.
  38. To sublimate; to exalt; to heighten; to improve; to dignify.
  39. 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.
  40. Elevated aloft; very high in excellence; lofty in style or sentiment; grand; majestic.
  41. The surpassing grand in nature or art, as distinguished from the beautiful; a grand or lofty style.
  42. 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.

Usage examples for sublime

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Since we never have studied, and never shall study, your sublime productions. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. But have you no respect for your art, the greatest and most sublime of all arts? – The Red Room by August Strindberg
  9. But then we are not finding it sublime. – Oxford Lectures on Poetry by Andrew Cecil Bradley
  10. " How sorrowful and sublime is the face of that statue yonder," said Flemming. – Hyperion by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  11. The scene was fearfully sublime- the effect tremendous. – Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution by L. Carroll Judson
  12. 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
  13. 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
  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. 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
  16. 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)
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. But to those who were of the South, it was sublime. – The Burial of the Guns by Thomas Nelson Page
  20. 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