Sublime

Definition of Sublime

Sub`lime´
a.1.Lifted up; high in place; exalted aloft; uplifted; lofty.
Sublime on these a tower of steel is reared.
- Dryden.
2.Distinguished by lofty or noble traits; eminent; - said of persons.
3.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.
Easy in words thy style, in sense sublime.
- Prior.
Know how sublime a thing it is
To suffer and be strong.
- Longfellow.
4.Elevated by joy; elate.
Their hearts were jocund and sublime,
Drunk with idolatry, drunk with wine.
- Milton.
5.Lofty of mien; haughty; proud.
His fair, large front and eye sublime declared
Absolute rule.
- Milton.
n.1.That which is sublime; - with the definite article
The sublime rises from the nobleness of thoughts, the magnificence of words, or the harmonious and lively turn of the phrase.
- Addison.
2.That which is grand in nature or art, as distinguished from the merely beautiful.
v. t.1.To raise on high.
[imp. & p. p. Sublimed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Subliming.]
A soul sublimed by an idea above the region of vanity and conceit.
- E. P. Whipple.
2.(Chem.) 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.
3.To exalt; to heighten; to improve; to purify.
The sun . . .
Which not alone the southern wit sublimes,
But ripens spirits in cold, northern climes.
- Pope.
4.To dignify; to ennoble.
An ordinary gift can not sublime a person to a supernatural employment.
- Jer. Taylor.
v. i.1.(Chem.) 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.

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