Definition of empyrean in English:


Line breaks: em|pyr¦ean
Pronunciation: /ˌɛmpʌɪˈriːən
, -pɪ-, ɛmˈpɪrɪən


  • Of or relating to heaven: figurative the empyrean dictates of critical reasoning the third or empyrean heaven
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    • Not only did the band's name prefigure the attacks, but so did the album's elegiac art work of angels tracing empyrean paths to a fiery orange heaven.
    • Electronics and haunting effects bring an empyrean stillness to the album's middle third.
    • But, not a drop of empyrean manna falls on my parched lips to assuage the thirst of aeons.


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  • 1The highest part of heaven, thought by the ancients to be the realm of pure fire: the unapproachable splendour of the empyrean
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    • Someday it may even be possible for the soul of a skeptical scientist to orbit into the empyrean, carrying his karma with him, looking for a suitable body to be born into!
    • The Pro Arte Quartet (plus cellist Anthony Pini) contributes a C-major Quintet whose first two movements ensure the work's place in the empyrean.
    • Mark Antony well knew the mischief he aimed at, and sensed that his and Octavius's moment had come; all they needed to do was to mount Caesar's ghost and they would ride to the empyrean.
  • 1.1 literary The visible heavens; the sky: we rose through the polluted air into the clear empyrean above
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    • But the empyrean vault is little less crowded than before.



Pronunciation: /ˌɛmpʌɪˈriːəl, -pɪ-, ɛmˈpɪrɪəl/
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  • Within that empyreal realm, the new Senior Vice Provost for Diversity and Faculty Development will occupy a ‘singular and permanent position,’ dictates the task force.
  • Yet according to Mormon doctrine, families are awarded with empyreal togetherness only if every member ‘behaves.’
  • Behind him, he knew, the empyreal capital endured, the snowy grounds around it merely accentuating its transcendental, yet solitary, existence.


late Middle English (as an adjective): via medieval Latin from Greek empurios, from en- 'in' + pur 'fire'. The noun dates from the mid 17th century.

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