- IPA: /ɛmˌpaɪˈɹiːn̩/, /ɛmˈpɪɹi.ən/
empyrean (plural empyreans)
- (historical) The region of pure light#Noun|light and fire#Noun|fire; the high#Adjective|highest heaven, where the pure element of fire was supposed by the ancient#Noun|ancients to exist: the same as the ether, the ninth heaven according to ancient#Adjective|ancient astronomy.
- 1864, Alfred Tennyson, “[Experiments] In Quantity”, in Enoch Arden, &c., London: Edward Moxon & Co., […], OCLC 879237670 ↗, page 174 ↗:
- Milton, a name to resound for ages; / Whose titan angels, Gabriel, Abdiel, / Starr'd from Jehovah's gorgeous armouries, / Tower, the deep-domed empyrëan / Rings to the roar of an angel onset— [...]
- 1908, G[ilbert] K[eith] Chesterton, “The Two Poets of Saffron Park”, in The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare, Bristol: J[ames] W[illiams] Arrowsmith, […]; London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Company Limited, OCLC 3716058 ↗, page 13 ↗:
- This particular evening, if it remembered for nothing else, will be remembered in that place for its strange sunset. [...] The whole was so close about the earth, as if to express nothing but a violent secrecy. The very empyrean seemed to be a secret.
empyrean (not comparable)
- Of the sky or the heavens; celestially refined#Adjective|refined.
- 1700, Matthew Prior, Carmen Saeculare
- Yet upward she [the goddess] incessant flies; / Resolv’d to reach the high empyrean Sphere.