Definition of sublime in English:


Line breaks: sub|lime
Pronunciation: /səˈblʌɪm

adjective (sublimer, sublimest)

  • 2(Of a person’s attitude or behaviour) extreme or unparalleled: he had the sublime confidence of youth
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    • 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.
    supreme, total, complete, utter, consummate, extreme; arrogant


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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 undamaged
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    • 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.
  • 1.1 [with object] Cause (a substance) to sublime: these crystals could be sublimed under a vacuum
  • 2 [with object] archaic Elevate to a high degree of moral or spiritual purity or excellence: let your thoughts be sublimed by the spirit of God



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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.


Pronunciation: /-ˈlɪmɪti/
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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'.

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