- IPA: /səˈblaɪm/
sublime (sublimes, present participle subliming; past and past participle sublimed)
- (chemistry, physics, ambitransitive) To sublimate.
- (transitive) To raise on high.
- a soul sublimed by an idea above the region of vanity and conceit
- (transitive) To exalt; to heighten; to improve; to purify.
- Synonyms: sublimate
- 1709, [Alexander Pope], An Essay on Criticism, London: Printed for W. Lewis […], published 1711, OCLC 15810849 ↗:
- The sun […] / Which not alone the southern wit sublimes, / But ripens spirits in cold, northern climes
- (transitive) To dignify; to ennoble.
- An ordinary gift cannot sublime a person to a supernatural employment.
sublime (comparative sublimer, superlative sublimest)
- Noble and majestic.
- the sublime Julian leader
- Impressive and awe-inspiring, yet simple.
- sublime scenery
- a sublime deed
- (obsolete) Lifted up; high in place; exalted aloft; uplifted; lofty.
- Sublime on these a tower of steel is reared.
- (obsolete) Elevated by joy; elated.
- Lofty of mien; haughty; proud.
- countenance sublime and insolent
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 4 ↗”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
- His fair large Front and Eye ſublime declar'd / Abſolute rule;
- French: sublime
- German: hehr, erhaben, nobel, sublim
- Italian: sublime
- Portuguese: sublime
- Russian: возвы́шенный
- Spanish: sublime
sublime (plural sublimes)
- Something sublime.