• WordNet 3.6
    • n loftiness impressiveness in scale or proportion
    • n loftiness the quality of being high or lofty
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Loftiness The state or quality of being lofty.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n loftiness The state or quality of being lofty or high; remarkable height or elevation.
    • n loftiness Elevation of character, sentiment, or feeling; the state of being elevated, as by high thought, or puffed up, as by pride or vanity; grandeur; sublimity; haughtiness; arrogance.
    • n loftiness Synonyms Pride, Presumption, etc. See arrogance.
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  • Christopher Dawson
    Christopher Dawson
    “The man who is fond of books is usually a man of lofty thought, and of elevated opinions.”
  • Horace
    “The lofty pine is oftenest shaken by the winds; High towers fall with a heavier crash; And the lightning strikes the highest mountain.”
  • Leonardo Da Vinci
    “Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
    “Heroes are not known by the loftiness of their carriage; the greatest braggarts are generally the merest cowards.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Should not every apartment in which man dwells be lofty enough to create some obscurity overhead, where flickering shadows may play at evening about the rafters?”


In literature:

It is close on the river, and is built on a lofty platform.
"Sketches The Carrier Pigeon, The Consul's Daughter, Walstein--Or A Cure For Melancholy, The Court Of Egypt, The Valley Of Thebes, Egyptian Thebes, Shoubra Eden And Lebanon, A Syrian Sketch, The Bosphorus, An Interview With A Great Turk, Munich, The Spirit Of Whiggism" by Benjamin Disraeli
It covered a great space, and was very lofty.
"Tancred" by Benjamin Disraeli
The carriage gained the lofty portal.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
Everest, that honor belonging to a lofty peak named Mt.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
On the other hand, we never reach the lofty poetical heights of the grandest scenes in 'King Lear.
"Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)" by Leslie Stephen
It was near sunset when the lofty towers and steeples of ancient Oxford, the great site of classic lore, met our view.
"Shakspere, Personal Recollections" by John A. Joyce
A lofty minaret rises above the little town, which is surrounded by a wall (Plate VI.).
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
The temple is described as a lofty structure 'rising up to heaven.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
At last, he bethought himself of the mighty Bird of Ages, who dwelt among the lofty peaks of the Mountain of Thunders.
"Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by James Athearn Jones
But the notion of the word is really a very noble and lofty one.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
A table was spread handsomely and substantially under a very large and lofty marquee.
"Travels through the South of France and the Interior of Provinces of Provence and Languedoc in the Years 1807 and 1808" by Lt-Col. Pinkney
But these young men were fired by a lofty purpose, and they were thoroughly in earnest.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
After this we had a quick run, and once more the lofty summits of the Cordilleras greeted our eyes.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
A variety of strange-looking shrubs were seen, with lofty and elegant palms rising above them.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
I must now more particularly describe the scene as I beheld it from my lofty post.
"Manco, the Peruvian Chief" by W.H.G. Kingston
The plain, or I may call it the wide valley of Popayan, lies between two ranges of lofty mountains.
"In New Granada" by W.H.G. Kingston
My earliest recollections were of the clusters of columns, the long colonnades, and lofty gateways of its magnificent mansions.
"Mark Seaworth" by William H.G. Kingston
Her wide spaces and lofty avenues are the fit abode of learning.
"American Sketches" by Charles Whibley
The town of Kankan stands in a plain surrounded by lofty mountains.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
The sky looked as if it had been swept, and had become more lofty and transparent.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen

In poetry:

St. Oluf built a lofty ship,
With sails of silk so fair;
“To Hornelummer I must go,
And see what’s passing there.”
"Saint Oluf (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
And at thy feet I sit, O Lord,
As once of old, in moonlight pale,
I at my father's sat, and heard
Him read a lofty tale.
"A Prayer for the Past: All sights and sounds of day and yea" by George MacDonald
Thank thee, thank thee, Abenamar,
For thy gentle answer, thanks.
What are yonder lofty castles,
Those that shine so bright on high?
"Abenámar, Abenámar" by Anonymous European
There's not a radiant blossom hung
On lowly stem, or lofty tree;
There's not a beam of beauty flung
Around me, but I think of thee.
"Song -" by Eliza Acton
It was Langben the lofty Jutt,
He wav’d his steel mace round;
He sent a blow after Vidrik;
But the mace struck deep in the ground.
"Vidrik Verlandson (From The Old Danish) " by George Borrow
I ask the dark, the dawn, the sun,
The domeward-pointing peaks of snow,
Lofty and low alike, but none
Will tell me what I crave to know.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Rex Ryan's Jets defence not living up to coach's lofty expectations.
Oil Kings have trouble living up to lofty pre-season expectations.
Stacy Nichole Lofty and Philip Michael DeWees were united in marriage on Oct 13 at Saint Xavier Catholic Church in Parkersburg.
Snyder removes shroud from lofty reform proposals.
As LSU hosts Mississippi State, lofty goals of 10 wins and major bowl remain for both teams.
Republicans fall short in another governor's race, dashing party's lofty ambitions.
Seahawks' Okung living up to lofty expectations.
'Cloud Atlas' a lofty film with power, heart.
Tyler O'Neill Drawing Lofty Comparisons.
Angel' sets lofty new goal: $5 million.
Despite lofty ranking, Ohio State a work in progress.
6A/5A Notebook: Greenwood Enters Lofty Company.
Hot Words & Promises— Lofty or True.
Gee's big budget reflects lofty endeavor.
The Kersley's arched windows and lofty entry are reminiscent of Chateauesque homes, popular at the turn of the 20th century.

In science:

The concept of fuzzy sets was introduced by Lofti Zadeh in his classic paper in 1965.
On Q-Fuzzy Ideal Extensions in Semigroups
Stromlo Workshop on High-Velocity Clouds exceeded even our own fairly lofty ambitions.
Stromlo Workshop on High-Velocity Clouds - Conference Highlights
Needless to say, such lofty goals are difficult to acheive in practice.
Back to the Future: A roadmap for quantum simulation from vintage quantum chemistry