adjective (sublimer, sublimest)
- 1Of very great excellence or beauty: Mozart’s sublime piano concertos (as noun the sublime) experiences that ranged from the sublime to the ridiculousMore example sentences
exalted, elevated, noble, lofty, awe-inspiring, awesome, majestic, magnificent, imposing, glorious, supreme; grand, great, outstanding, excellent, first-rate, first-class, superb, perfect, ideal, wonderful, marvellous, splendid, delightful, blissful, rapturous• informal fantastic, fabulous, fab, super, smashing, terrific, stellar, heavenly, divine, mind-blowing, too good to be true, out of this world
- This and other personality tests - varying from the sublime to the ridiculous - are also available via the link above.
- It touches everything from the sublime to the ridiculous.
- From the sublime to the ridiculous and truly perplexing I thought I'd share them with you.
- 1.1Producing an overwhelming sense of awe or other high emotion through being vast or grand: (as noun the sublime) a sense of the sublimeMore example sentences
- This simple plot is developed masterfully through a narrative technique which employs a series of vignettes giving an appropriately hazy yet sublime sense of situation and setting.
- He said it inspired a sense of the sublime - the massive, overpowering effect of awe demanded by something bigger and stronger than we are.
- They are pictorially beautiful, but I think they lacked the sense of the sublime grandeur that they were supposed to evoke.
- 2(Of a person’s attitude or behaviour) extreme or unparalleled: he had the sublime confidence of youthMore example sentences
supreme, total, complete, utter, consummate, extreme; arrogant
- And a figure like Joseph Chamberlain had sublime confidence, as had Disraeli before him, that the people could be ‘managed’.
- Smith tackles these deeper traits with sublime confidence, bolstered by the similarities between his personality and Ali's.
- The nutmeg as Mills tried to shield the ball at the corner flag was a sublime example of justified arrogance.
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- 1 [no object] Chemistry (Of a solid substance) change directly into vapour when heated, typically forming a solid deposit again on cooling: the ice sublimed away, leaving the books dry and undamagedMore example sentences
- A layer of volcanic ash and dust seems to have protected the ice from subliming away, the researcher said.
- Sometimes pieces of the mats become encased in ice that migrates upward as the top of the ice sublimes.
- Chloranil (Fluka) was recrystallized from acetone and sublimed under vacuum.
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- The in-person narration - by the sublimely resonant and folksy-sounding voice of Fred Thompson - is very effective.
- This, after all, was a haunt of renowned North Yorkshire artisan and hellraiser, Lewis Creighton, whose sublimely wacky paintings adorn the walls of the Duke's Bar.
- The most sublimely gifted Aboriginal athlete ever, 68% of her countryfolk expect her to register a resounding triumph for the green and gold.
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- The nobility, sublimity, depth, pathos and exuberance of his concerts remain esoteric and reveal his scholarship, authority and authenticity.
- Their subject is always the tragic fate of empire (and of all human endeavor) when pitted against the sublimity and grandeur of nature.
- The terrorist is noble, terrible, irresistibly fascinating, for he combines in himself the two sublimities of human grandeur: the martyr and the hero.
late 16th century (in the sense 'dignified, aloof'): from Latin sublimis, from sub- 'up to' + a second element perhaps related to limen 'threshold', limus 'oblique'.