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.

Words that rhyme with sublunary

buffoonery, poltroonery, superlunary

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