sublimity


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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.

sub•lim•i•ty

(səˈblɪm ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state or quality of being sublime.
2. a sublime person or thing.
[1520–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sublimity - nobility in thought or feeling or style
magnanimousness, nobleness, grandeur, nobility - the quality of elevation of mind and exaltation of character or ideals or conduct
Translations
سُمُو، رَوْعَه، رِفْعَه، نُبْل
vznešenost
mageløshed
mikilfengleiki
yücelik

sublimity

[səˈblɪmɪtɪ] Nsublimidad f

sublimity

n (liter)Erhabenheit f

sublime

(səˈblaim) adjective
of overwhelming greatness, grandeur, beauty etc.
suˈblimely adverb
suˈblimity (-ˈbli-) noun
References in classic literature ?
And when your soul becometh great, then doth it become haughty, and in your sublimity there is wickedness.
The whole scenery of this deep ravine was of Alpine wildness and sublimity.
At last the Emperor, tired of futile expectation, his actor's instinct suggesting to him that the sublime moment having been too long drawn out was beginning to lose its sublimity, gave a sign with his hand.
As for the central figure, Don Quixote himself, in his dignity and generosity, his unselfish ideals, and his fearless devotion to them, he is always heroic and beautiful; and I was glad to find in my latest look at his history that I had truly conceived of him at first, and had felt the sublimity of his nature.
And besides other reasons, to this conclusion I am impelled, by considerations touching the great inherent dignity and sublimity of the Sperm Whale; I account him no common, shallow being, inasmuch as it is an undisputed fact that he is never found on soundings, or near shores; all other whales sometimes are.
Huckleberry was filled with admiration of Tom's facility in writing, and the sublimity of his language.
I had found sublimity and wonder in the dread heights and precipices, in the roaring torrents, and the wastes of ice and snow; but as yet, they had taught me nothing else.
When I look out on such a night as this, I feel as if there could be neither wickedness nor sorrow in the world; and there certainly would be less of both if the sublimity of Nature were more attended to, and people were carried more out of themselves by contemplating such a scene.
But no - there is a hope; he may have discovered nothing; perhaps he is but admiring the sublimity of the landscape.
But the sublimity and stateliness, the grand expression of a divine sympathy, that illuminated the mountain visage and etherealized its ponderous granite substance into spirit, might here be sought in vain.
With one foot raised on the rung of a chair, and her elbow out in the attitude for sewing, her own figure possessed the sublimity of a woman's of the early world, spinning the thread of fate--the sublimity possessed by many women of the present day who fall into the attitude required by scrubbing or sewing.
He rose to his feet, and assumed an attitude which for sublimity has never been approached by man, and has seldom been surpassed by statues.