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empyrean

Pronunciation: /ˌɛmpʌɪˈriːən/
Pronunciation: /ˌɛmpɪˈriːən/ Pronunciation: /ɛmˈpɪrɪən/

adjective

Relating to heaven: figurative the empyrean dictates of critical reasoning the third or empyrean heaven
More example sentences
  • 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.

noun

(the empyrean)
1The highest part of heaven, thought by the ancients to be the realm of pure fire: the unapproachable splendour of the empyrean
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • But the empyrean vault is little less crowded than before.

Derivatives

empyreal

Pronunciation: /ˌɛmpɪˈriːəl/
Pronunciation: /ˌɛmpʌɪˈriːəl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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.

Words that rhyme with empyrean

Actaeon, Aegean, aeon (US eon), Augean, Behan, Cadmean, Caribbean, Carolean, Chaldean, Cyclopean, epicurean, European, Fijian, Galilean, Hasmonean, Hebridean, Herculean, Ian, Jacobean, Kampuchean, Laodicean, lien, Linnaean (US Linnean), Maccabean, Mandaean (US Mandean), Medicean, monogenean, Nabataean (US Nabatean), Orphean, paean, paeon, pean, peon, Periclean, piscean, plebeian, Pyrenean, Pythagorean, Sabaean, Sadducean, Sisyphean, skean, Tanzanian, Tennesseean, Terpsichorean, theodicean, Tyrolean

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