- 1 [with object] (In psychoanalytic theory) divert or modify (an instinctual impulse) into a culturally higher or socially more acceptable activity: people who sublimate sexuality into activities which help to build up and preserve civilizationMore example sentences
- Artists, in this view, are people who may avoid neurosis and perversion by sublimating their impulses in their work.
- A psychologist might interpret my conversion as sublimating my guilty feelings, but I prefer to think about it as fulfilling my Jewish destiny.
- Too often, however, student needs or preferences are sublimated to the overwhelming task of presenting large bodies of information to large numbers of students in small periods of time.
- 1.1Transform (something) into a purer or idealized form: attractive rhythms are sublimated into a much larger contextMore example sentences
- Tonally, the poems from this book sound more distanced and impersonal than any Ryan has written; the strong note of passionate response can still be heard, but the passion is sublimated into an objectivity whose calm is brooding and tense.
- Instead, he delivers a laudably subdued performance as an aging Gen X-er whose gloomy angst is sublimated into sketches and journal entries.
- Terrified lest his secret be made public, and turn him into an object of scorn, he managed to sublimate these fears and transform them into the stuff of comedy.
- 2 Chemistry another term for sublime.More example sentences
- 78.5°C Temperature at which dry ice (carbon dioxide) sublimates from a solid to a gas
- There is no danger at all in consuming a drink that was cooled down using dry ice - most of the carbon dioxide will just sublimate into the air.
- Some of the most dominating physical features I've ever encountered, a glacier is a vast mass of ice formed from the accumulation of snow that compacts faster than it melts and sublimates.
Pronunciation: /also ˈsʌblɪmət /Chemistry Back to top
- A solid deposit of a substance which has sublimed: condensation of a sublimateMore example sentences
- During the waning stages of eruption, fumarolic activity oxidized cinders along the rim and deposited aggregates of sublimates, hydrothermal precipitates, and reaction products near the central vent of the volcano.
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- To think about sublimation, the process by which an object ‘acquires the dignity of the Thing’, produces a different emphasis.
- All employ a print process known as dye sublimation, and this classy Samsung model is the pick of the crop.
- The microscopic amounts are achieved by superheating managerium so that it changes from a solid directly into a gas - a process known as sublimation.
late Middle English (in the sense 'raise to a higher status'): from Latin sublimat- 'raised up', from the verb sublimare.