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sub·lime

 (sə-blīm′)
adj.
1. Characterized by nobility; majestic.
2.
a. Of high spiritual, moral, or intellectual worth.
b. Not to be excelled; supreme.
3. Inspiring awe; impressive.
4. Archaic Raised aloft; set high.
5. Archaic Of lofty appearance or bearing; haughty: "not terrible, / That I should fear ... / But solemn and sublime" (John Milton).
n.
1. Something sublime.
2. An ultimate example.
v. sub·limed, sub·lim·ing, sub·limes
v.tr.
1. To render sublime.
2. Chemistry To cause to sublimate.
v.intr. Chemistry
To sublimate.

[French, from Old French, sublimated, from Latin sublīmis, uplifted.]

sub·lime′ly adv.
sub·lime′ness, sub·lim′i·ty (sə-blĭm′ĭ-tē) n.

sublime

(səˈblaɪm)
adj
1. of high moral, aesthetic, intellectual, or spiritual value; noble; exalted
2. inspiring deep veneration, awe, or uplifting emotion because of its beauty, nobility, grandeur, or immensity
3. unparalleled; supreme: a sublime compliment.
4. poetic of proud bearing or aspect
5. archaic raised up
n
6. something that is sublime
7. the ultimate degree or perfect example: the sublime of folly.
vb
8. (tr) to make higher or purer
9. (Chemistry) to change or cause to change directly from a solid to a vapour or gas without first melting: to sublime iodine; many mercury salts sublime when heated.
10. (Chemistry) to undergo or cause to undergo this process followed by a reverse change directly from a vapour to a solid: to sublime iodine onto glass.
[C14: from Latin sublīmis lofty, perhaps from sub- up to + līmen lintel]
subˈlimely adv
sublimity n

sub•lime

(səˈblaɪm)

adj., n., v. -limed, -lim•ing. adj.
1. elevated or lofty in thought, language, etc.
2. impressing the mind with a sense of grandeur or power; inspiring awe, veneration, etc.
3. supreme or outstanding: a sublime dinner.
n.
4. the sublime,
a. the realm of things that are sublime.
b. the quality of sublimity.
c. the greatest or supreme degree.
v.t.
5. to make higher, nobler, or purer.
6.
a. to convert (a solid substance) by heat into a vapor, which on cooling condenses again to solid form, without apparent liquefaction.
b. to cause to be given off by this process.
v.i.
7. to volatilize from the solid state to a gas, and then condense again as a solid without passing through the liquid state.
[1350–1400; (n., adj.) < Latin sublīmis high =sub- sub- + an element of uncertain orig., variously identified with līmis, līmus oblique, or līmen lintel, threshold; (v.) Middle English < Old French sublimer < Latin sublimāre to raise, derivative of sublimis]
sub•lim′a•ble, adj.
sub•lime′ly, adv.
sub•lime′ness, n.

sublime


Past participle: sublimed
Gerund: subliming

Imperative
sublime
sublime
Present
I sublime
you sublime
he/she/it sublimes
we sublime
you sublime
they sublime
Preterite
I sublimed
you sublimed
he/she/it sublimed
we sublimed
you sublimed
they sublimed
Present Continuous
I am subliming
you are subliming
he/she/it is subliming
we are subliming
you are subliming
they are subliming
Present Perfect
I have sublimed
you have sublimed
he/she/it has sublimed
we have sublimed
you have sublimed
they have sublimed
Past Continuous
I was subliming
you were subliming
he/she/it was subliming
we were subliming
you were subliming
they were subliming
Past Perfect
I had sublimed
you had sublimed
he/she/it had sublimed
we had sublimed
you had sublimed
they had sublimed
Future
I will sublime
you will sublime
he/she/it will sublime
we will sublime
you will sublime
they will sublime
Future Perfect
I will have sublimed
you will have sublimed
he/she/it will have sublimed
we will have sublimed
you will have sublimed
they will have sublimed
Future Continuous
I will be subliming
you will be subliming
he/she/it will be subliming
we will be subliming
you will be subliming
they will be subliming
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been subliming
you have been subliming
he/she/it has been subliming
we have been subliming
you have been subliming
they have been subliming
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been subliming
you will have been subliming
he/she/it will have been subliming
we will have been subliming
you will have been subliming
they will have been subliming
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been subliming
you had been subliming
he/she/it had been subliming
we had been subliming
you had been subliming
they had been subliming
Conditional
I would sublime
you would sublime
he/she/it would sublime
we would sublime
you would sublime
they would sublime
Past Conditional
I would have sublimed
you would have sublimed
he/she/it would have sublimed
we would have sublimed
you would have sublimed
they would have sublimed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.sublime - vaporize and then condense right back again
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
resublime - sublime (a compound) once again
2.sublime - change or cause to change directly from a solid into a vapor without first melting; "sublime iodine"; "some salts sublime when heated"
aerify, gasify, vaporize, vaporise - turn into gas; "The substance gasified"
Adj.1.sublime - inspiring awe; "well-meaning ineptitude that rises to empyreal absurdity"- M.S.Dworkin; "empyrean aplomb"- Hamilton Basso; "the sublime beauty of the night"
glorious - having or deserving or conferring glory; "a long and glorious career"; "our glorious literature"
2.sublime - worthy of adoration or reverencesublime - worthy of adoration or reverence  
sacred - concerned with religion or religious purposes; "sacred texts"; "sacred rites"; "sacred music"
3.sublime - lifted up or set high; "their hearts were jocund and sublime"- Milton
archaicism, archaism - the use of an archaic expression
elated - exultantly proud and joyful; in high spirits; "the elated winner"; "felt elated and excited"
4.sublime - 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"
noble - having or showing or indicative of high or elevated character; "a noble spirit"; "noble deeds"

sublime

adjective
2. total, complete, utter, supreme, extreme, consummate The administration's sublime incompetence is probably temporary.
Quotations
"It is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous" [Napoleon Bonaparte]
"The sublime and the ridiculous are often so nearly related, that it is difficult to class them separately. One step above the sublime, makes the ridiculous; and one step above the ridiculous, makes the sublime again" [Thomas Paine The Age of Reason]

sublime

adjective
Large and impressive in size, scope, or extent:
Translations
مَهيب، نَبيل، رَفيع ، سامٍ
vznešený
sublim
göfugur, háleitur, mikilfenglegur
tauriai
cēlsdižensgrandiozs

sublime

[səˈblaɪm]
A. ADJsublime (iro) [indifference, contempt] → supremo, total
B. N the sublimelo sublime
to go from the sublime to the ridiculouspasar de lo sublime a lo ridículo

sublime

[səˈblaɪm]
adj
(= heavenly) [beauty, music] → sublime
(= supreme) [indifference, incompetence] → suprême often before n
n
the sublime → le sublime
to go from the sublime to the ridiculous → passer du sublime au ridicule

sublime

adj
poetry, beauty, scenery, thoughts, feelingserhaben; achievement, courage, genius alsoüberragend; that’s going from the sublime to the ridiculous (inf)das nenne ich tief sinken (inf)
(iro: = extreme) ignorancevollendet; impertinence, confidenceunglaublich; indifference, contemptherablassend
(inf: = delightful) → reizend

sublime

[səˈblaɪm]
1. adj (beauty, emotion, achievement) → sublime; (indifference, contempt) → supremo/a
2. nsublime m
from the sublime to the ridiculous → dal sublime al grottesco
3. vt (Chem) → sublimare

sublime

(səˈblaim) adjective
of overwhelming greatness, grandeur, beauty etc.
suˈblimely adverb
suˈblimity (-ˈbli-) noun
References in classic literature ?
The appearance of these relics of wild dissipation, however, had lifted Christie out of her sublime resignation.
All this struck me as mighty singular; yet, upon second thoughts, there was something almost sublime in it.
Some of the men gather about the bar; some wander about, laughing and singing; here and there will be a little group, chanting merrily, and in sublime indifference to the others and to the orchestra as well.
Her corn-cake, in all its varieties of hoe-cake, dodgers, muffins, and other species too numerous to mention, was a sublime mystery to all less practised compounders; and she would shake her fat sides with honest pride and merriment, as she would narrate the fruitless efforts that one and another of her compeers had made to attain to her elevation.
I paused, and stood over that cowering lad a whole minute in awful silence; then, in a voice deep, measured, charged with doom, I began, and rose by dramatically graded stages to my colossal climax, which I delivered in as sublime and noble a way as ever I did such a thing in my life: "Go back and tell the king that at that hour I will smother the whole world in the dead blackness of midnight; I will blot out the sun, and he shall never shine again; the fruits of the earth shall rot for lack of light and warmth, and the peoples of the earth shall famish and die, to the last man
All our friends in Lucerne had said that to look down upon Meiringen, and the rushing blue-gray river Aar, and the broad level green valley; and across at the mighty Alpine precipices that rise straight up to the clouds out of that valley; and up at the microscopic chalets perched upon the dizzy eaves of those precipices and winking dimly and fitfully through the drifting veil of vapor; and still up and up, at the superb Oltschiback and the other beautiful cascades that leap from those rugged heights, robed in powdery spray, ruffled with foam, and girdled with rainbows--to look upon these things, they say, was to look upon the last possibility of the sublime and the enchanting.
She saw herself sink from the sublime height of motherhood to the somber depths of unmodified slavery, the abyss of separation between her and her boy was complete.
with all his noble powers and sublime aspirations, how like a brute was he treated, even by those professing to have the same mind in them that was in Christ Jesus
She ran away to indulge the inclination, leaving the tender and the sublime of pleasure to Harriet's share.
Southcott had recently attained her five-and-twentieth blessed birthday, of whom a prophetic private in the Life Guards had heralded the sublime appearance by announcing that arrangements were made for the swallowing up of London and Westminster.
As I passed the church, I felt (as I had felt during service in the morning) a sublime compassion for the poor creatures who were destined to go there, Sunday after Sunday, all their lives through, and to lie obscurely at last among the low green mounds.
Part on the Plain, or in the Air sublime Upon the wing, or in swift race contend, As at th' Olympian Games or PYTHIAN fields; Part curb thir fierie Steeds, or shun the Goal With rapid wheels, or fronted Brigads form.