Definition of lofty in English:

lofty

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɒfti
 
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adjective (loftier, loftiest)

  • 2(Of wool and other textiles) thick and resilient.
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    • Because fleece is such a lofty, stretchy fabric, use a 3 mm or 3.5 mm stitch length.

Derivatives

loftily

adverb
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  • Thirty students, including 13 girls, took part in the three-hour session, conducted in the serene atmosphere of the Gandhi Museum, which stands loftily for peace and non-violence.
  • In the previous national elections it poured scorn on the idea of coalitions and alignments, going loftily alone, and came home with the worst electoral performance in its history.
  • These loftily general values, in other words, hide some deep conflicts - conflicts that new technologies may not help us to overcome.

loftiness

noun
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  • Such childhood enthusiasm ensured that the novelist later on would have to be punished with our indulgent contempt, before we eventually realized that our loftiness was more contemptible than his confusions.
  • Anyone who believes that the loftiness of art is above politics, war and religious differences doesn't understand that artists live in the real world and don't hide behind their creativity.
  • The loftiness, the breeze, the view, the sense of privileged isolation - I spent many hours up there, with friends or alone.

Origin

Middle English: from loft, influenced by aloft.

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