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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:
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
Among the topics are his empyreal conceit, private piety in the brief epic Paradise Regained, his genii loci and the medieval saints, and the fate of place in Paradise Lost.