• IPA: /səˈblaɪm/

sublime (sublimes, present participle subliming; past and past participle sublimed)

  1. (chemistry, physics, ambitransitive) To sublimate.
  2. (transitive) To raise on high.
    • a soul sublimed by an idea above the region of vanity and conceit
  3. (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
  4. (transitive) To dignify; to ennoble.
    • An ordinary gift cannot sublime a person to a supernatural employment.
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sublime (comparative sublimer, superlative sublimest)

  1. Noble and majestic.
    • the sublime Julian leader
  2. Impressive and awe-inspiring, yet simple.
    sublime scenery
    a sublime deed
  3. (obsolete) Lifted up; high in place; exalted aloft; uplifted; lofty.
    • Sublime on these a tower of steel is reared.
  4. (obsolete) Elevated by joy; elated.
    • 1671, John Milton, “Samson Agonistes, […]”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398 ↗, page 96 ↗:
      While thir hearts were jocund and ſublime, / Drunk with Idolatry, drunk with Wine,
  5. 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;
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sublime (plural sublimes)

  1. Something sublime.

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