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Definition of Sublime


  1. Lifted up; high in place; exalted aloft; uplifted; lofty.
  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.
  4. Elevated by joy; elate.
  5. Lofty of mien; haughty; proud.
  6. That which is sublime; -- with the definite article
  7. A grand or lofty style in speaking or writing; a style that expresses lofty conceptions.
  8. That which is grand in nature or art, as distinguished from the merely beautiful.
  9. To raise on high.
  10. 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.
  11. To exalt; to heighten; to improve; to purify.
  12. To dignify; to ennoble.
  13. 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.

Sublime Quotations

I'm sorry my existence is not very noble or sublime.
Keanu Reeves

Grant me the treasure of sublime poverty: permit the distinctive sign of our order to be that it does not possess anything of its own beneath the sun, for the glory of your name, and that it have no other patrimony than begging.
Francis of Assisi

I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.

Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I kiss the soil as if I placed a kiss on the hands of a mother, for the homeland is our earthly mother. I consider it my duty to be with my compatriots in this sublime and difficult moment.
Pope John Paul II
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Sublime Translations

sublime in French is auguste
sublime in German is sublimierens, erhaben
sublime in Italian is elevato
sublime in Latin is sublimis
sublime in Spanish is encumbrado
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