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 (ĕm′pī-rē′əl, ĕm-pîr′ē-əl)
1. Empyrean.
2. Of the sky; celestial.
3. Elevated; sublime.

[Middle English emperiall, from Medieval Latin empyreus, from Late Latin empyrius, fiery, from Greek empurios : en-, in; see en-2 + pūr, fire; see paəwr̥ in Indo-European roots.]


(ˌɛm pəˈri əl, -paɪ-, ɛmˈpɪr i əl, -ˈpaɪ ri-)

also empyrean

1. pertaining to the highest heaven in the cosmology of the ancients.
2. pertaining to the sky; celestial.
3. exalted; sublime.
[1475–85; < Late Latin empyre(us), variant of empyrius of fire, belonging to the empyrean (< Late Greek empýrios <em- em-2 + -pȳrios, derivative of pŷr fire)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.empyreal - of or relating to the sky or heavens; "the empyrean sphere"
2.empyreal - 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"


Of or relating to the heavens:
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To bow and sue for grace With suppliant knee, and deifie his power Who from the terrour of this Arm so late Doubted his Empire, that were low indeed, That were an ignominy and shame beneath This downfall; since by Fate the strength of Gods And this Empyreal substance cannot fail, Since through experience of this great event In Arms not worse, in foresight much advanc't, We may with more successful hope resolve To wage by force or guile eternal Warr Irreconcileable, to our grand Foe, Who now triumphs, and in th' excess of joy Sole reigning holds the Tyranny of Heav'n.
Usurping the empyreal realm of the eagle, he assumes for a time the port and dignity of that majestic bird, and often is mistaken for him by ignorant crawlers upon the earth.
I believe whoever replaces Putin in the future, the world will have to, for the most part, deal with the same kind of Russia--assertive, stoking the empyreal spirits and positioning itself as a counterbalance to the West.
W]e shall enjoy ourselves hereafter by having what we called happiness on Earth repeated in a finer tone and so repeated--And yet such a fate can only befall those who delight in sensation rather than hunger as you do after Truth Adam's dream will do here and seems to be a conviction that Imagination and its empyreal reflection is the same as human Life and its spiritual repetition.
David looked out the window, turning his baseball over in his hands, feeling the laces, the smooth, unblemished surface, and the empyreal satisfaction of the ball's never-ending roundness.
Soaring through air to find the bright abode Th' empyreal palace of the thund'ring God We on they pinions can surpass the wind, And leave the rolling universe behind From star to star the mental optics rove, Measure the skies, and range the realms above There in one view we grasp the mighty whole, Or with new worlds amaze th' unbounded soul.
At the first gate, Michael and two virgins beat the sinners with iron sticks; at the second, Uriel washes the souls in a river of fire; at the third, the souls have to cross a burning furnace; at the fourth, they must go through a vertical curtain of fire; at the fifth, they must cross the vortex of a hellish river; at the sixth, they are illuminated by magical stones; finally, the seventh gate opens to the Empyreal Sky.
Campbell explores how Paradise Lost imagines heaven and divine creation in "Milton's Empyreal Conceit," showing that Milton views both the human imagination and the nature of poetic language as simultaneously creative and mimetic, an expression of the loving, flexible partnership between divine grace and human free will.
Only a few features of her appearance and behaviour remain and they underline her empyreal or divine character: paleness, shining eyes, sweet words and a smile.