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Princeton's WordNet

  1. empyreal, empyrean, sublime(adj)

    inspiring awe

    "well-meaning ineptitude that rises to empyreal absurdity"- M.S.Dworkin; "empyrean aplomb"- Hamilton Basso; "the sublime beauty of the night"

  2. reverend, sublime(adj)

    worthy of adoration or reverence

  3. sublime(adj)

    lifted up or set high

    "their hearts were jocund and sublime"- Milton

  4. exalted, elevated, sublime, grand, high-flown, high-minded, lofty, rarefied, rarified, idealistic, noble-minded(verb)

    of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style

    "an exalted ideal"; "argue in terms of high-flown ideals"- Oliver Franks; "a noble and lofty concept"; "a grand purpose"

  5. sublime, sublimate(verb)

    vaporize and then condense right back again

  6. sublime, sublimate(verb)

    change or cause to change directly from a solid into a vapor without first melting

    "sublime iodine"; "some salts sublime when heated"


  1. sublime(Noun)

    something sublime

  2. sublime(Verb)

    To sublimate.

  3. sublime(Adjective)

    Noble and majestic.

  4. sublime(Adjective)

    Impressive and awe-inspiring.

  5. Origin: From sublime, from sublimis, from sub- + uncertain, often identified with limis, ablative singular of limus or limen

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sublime

    lifted up; high in place; exalted aloft; uplifted; lofty

  2. Sublime

    distinguished by lofty or noble traits; eminent; -- said of persons

  3. Sublime

    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

  4. Sublime

    elevated by joy; elate

  5. Sublime

    lofty of mien; haughty; proud

  6. Sublime(noun)

    that which is sublime; -- with the definite article

  7. Sublime(noun)

    a grand or lofty style in speaking or writing; a style that expresses lofty conceptions

  8. Sublime(noun)

    that which is grand in nature or art, as distinguished from the merely beautiful

  9. Sublime(verb)

    to raise on high

  10. Sublime(verb)

    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

  11. Sublime(verb)

    to exalt; to heighten; to improve; to purify

  12. Sublime(verb)

    to dignify; to ennoble

  13. Sublime(verb)

    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

  14. Origin: [Cf. L. sublimare, F. sublimer to subject to sublimation. See Sublime, a., and cf. Sublimate, v. t.]


  1. Sublime

    Sublime was an American ska punk band from Long Beach, California, formed in 1988. The band's line-up, unchanged until their breakup, consisted of Bradley Nowell, Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh. Michael 'Miguel' Happoldt also contributed on a few Sublime songs, such as "New Thrash". Lou Dog, Nowell's dalmatian, was the mascot of the band. Nowell died of a heroin overdose in 1996. In 1997, posthumous songs such as "Santeria", "The Wrong Way", "Doin' Time", and "April 29, 1992" were released to U.S. radio. Sublime released three studio albums, one live album, five compilation albums, three EPs and one box set. Although their first two albums—40 Oz. to Freedom and Robbin' the Hood —were quite popular in the United States, Sublime did not experience major commercial success until 1996 with their self-titled third album, released two months after Nowell's death, which peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200, and spawned the single "What I Got", which remains the band's only number one hit single in their musical career. As of 2009, the band has sold over 17 million albums worldwide, including about 10 million in the U.S. alone.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sublime

    sub-līm′, adj. high: lofty: majestic: awakening feelings of awe or veneration.—n. that which is sublime: the lofty or grand in thought or style (The sublime): the emotion produced by sublime objects.—v.t. to exalt: to dignify, to ennoble: to improve: to purify, to bring to a state of vapour by heat and condense again by cold.—v.i. to be sublimed or sublimated.—adv. Sublime′ly, in a sublime manner: loftily: with elevated conceptions.—ns. Sublime′ness, Sublim′ity, loftiness: elevation: grandeur: loftiness of thought or style: nobleness of nature or character: excellence. [L. sublimis, high, ety. dub.; perh. sub-limen, up to the lintel.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sublime in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sublime in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of sublime in a Sentence

  1. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.:

    a punctilio so sublime

  2. W. S. Gilbert:

    My object all sublime I shall achieve in time...

  3. Napoleon:

    From the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step.

  4. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

    Know how sublime a thing is to suffer and be strong.

  5. Fyodor Dostoevsky:

    Neither man or nation can exist without a sublime idea.

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