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Princeton's WordNet

  1. empyreal, empyrean, sublimeadjective

    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, sublimeadjective

    worthy of adoration or reverence

  3. sublimeadjective

    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-mindedverb

    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, sublimateverb

    vaporize and then condense right back again

  6. sublime, sublimateverb

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

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


  1. sublimenoun

    something sublime

  2. sublimeverb

    To sublimate.

  3. sublimeadjective

    Noble and majestic.

  4. sublimeadjective

    Impressive and awe-inspiring.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SUBLIMEadjective

    Etymology: sublimis, Latin.

    They sum’d their pens, and soaring th’ air sublime
    With clang despis’d the ground. John Milton.

    Sublime on these a tow’r of steel is rear’d,
    And dire Tisiphone there keeps the ward. Dryden.

    My earthly strained to the height
    In that celestial colloquy sublime. John Milton.

    Can it be, that souls sublime
    Return to visit our terrestrial clime;
    And that the gen’rous mind releas’d by death,
    Can cover lazy limbs? Dryden.

    Easy in stile, thy work in sense sublime. Matthew Prior.

    All yet left of that revolted rout,
    Heav’n-fall’n, in station stood or just array,
    Sublime with expectation. John Milton.

    Their hearts were jocund and sublime,
    Drunk with idolatry, drunk with wine. John Milton.

    He was sublime, and almost tumorous in his looks and gestures. Henry Wotton.

  2. Sublimenoun

    The grand or lofty stile. The sublime is a Gallicism, but now naturalized.

    Longinus strengthens all his laws,
    And is himself the great sublime he draws. Alexander Pope.

    The sublime rises from the nobleness of thoughts, the magnificence of the words, or the harmonious and lively turn of the phrase; the perfect sublime arises from all three together. Addis.

  3. To Sublimeverb

    Etymology: sublimer, Fr. from the adjective.

    Study our manuscripts, those myriads
    Of letters, which have past ’twixt thee and me,
    Thence write our annals, and in them lessons be
    To all, whom love’s subliming fire invades. John Donne.

    Although thy trunk be neither large nor strong,
    Nor can thy head, not helpt, itself sublime,
    Yet, like a serpent, a tall tree can climb. John Denham.

    Flow’rs, and then fruit,
    Man’s nourishment, by gradual scale sublim’d
    To vital spirits aspire. John Milton.

    The fancies of most are moved by the inward springs of the corporeal machine, which even in the most sublimed intellectuals is dangerously influential. Joseph Glanvill.

    Art being strengthened by the knowledge of things, may pass into nature by slow degrees, and so be sublimed into a pure genius which is capable of distinguishing betwixt the beauties of nature and that which is low in her. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    Meanly they seek the blessing to confine,
    And force that sun but on a part to shine;
    Which not alone the southern wit sublimes,
    But ripens spirits in cold northern climes. Alexander Pope.

  4. To Sublimeverb

    To rise in the chemical vessel by the force of fire.

    The particles of sal ammoniack in sublimation carry up the particles of antimony, which will not sublime alone. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    This salt is fixed in a gentle fire, and sublimes in a great one. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

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. Sublimenoun

    that which is sublime; -- with the definite article

  7. Sublimenoun

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

  8. Sublimenoun

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

  9. Sublimeverb

    to raise on high

  10. Sublimeverb

    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. Sublimeverb

    to exalt; to heighten; to improve; to purify

  12. Sublimeverb

    to dignify; to ennoble

  13. Sublimeverb

    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. Etymology: [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. Dr. Jose P. Rizal:

    No, let us not make God in our image, poor inhabitants that we are of a distant planet lost in infinite space. However brilliant and sublime our intelligence may be, it is scarcely more than a small spark which shines and in an instant is extinguished, and it alone can give us no idea of that blaze, that conflagration, that ocean of light!

  2. Mickey Mehta:

    For most of the things children do, parents are responsible. A good seed, noble thoughts and upbringing deeds can determine the character and personality feeds of our children. The amount of money we spend on them is not funny, to please them that's ain't the way honey! Give them your time to make their life sublime. Children are soft clay, mould them the appropriate way. Let your children's life not be compromised, let them blossom in fertile fields to Get Mickeymized.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    No sublime wisdom asks to be worshipped or served; the greatest and the most honourable masters are those who refuse to have slaves!

  4. Napoleon:

    From the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step.

  5. Gregory Benford - Timescape:

    There was a blithe certainty that came from first comprehending the full Einstein field equations, arabesques of Greek letters clinging tenuously to the page, a gossamer web. They seemed insubstantial when you first saw them, a string of squiggles. Yet to follow the delicate tensors as they contracted, as the superscripts paired with subscripts, collapsing mathematically into concrete classical entities-- potential; mass; forces vectoring in a curved geometry-- that was a sublime experience. The iron fist of the real, inside the velvet glove of airy mathematics.

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