Definition of sublunary in English:


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Pronunciation: /sʌbˈluːn(ə)ri


  • Belonging to this world as contrasted with a better or more spiritual one: the concept was irrational to sublunary minds
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    • ‘In numerology,’ Shapiro writes, seven ‘is the number of eternity and mutability, of the temporal, sublunary world and the world of the eternal Sabbath.’
    • Following Aristotle and the Platonists, Abraham divided the universe into three parts: the spiritual, celestial, and sublunary worlds.
    • Dante transports an earthly historicity into his heaven and hell, in an idiom which is both sublime and sublunary.


late 16th century (in the sense 'terrestrial'): from modern Latin sublunaris.

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