• WordNet 3.6
    • adj lofty of imposing height; especially standing out above others "an eminent peak","lofty mountains","the soaring spires of the cathedral","towering icebergs"
    • adj lofty having or displaying great dignity or nobility "a gallant pageant","lofty ships","majestic cities","proud alpine peaks"
    • adj lofty of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style "an exalted ideal","argue in terms of high-flown ideals"- Oliver Franks","a noble and lofty concept","a grand purpose"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lofty Fig.: Elevated in character, rank, dignity, spirit, bearing, language, etc.; exalted; noble; stately; characterized by pride; haughty. "The high and lofty One, that inhabiteth eternity.""Lofty and sour to them that loved him not""Himself to sing, and build the lofty rhyme."
    • Lofty Lifted high up; having great height; towering; high. "See lofty Lebanon his head advance."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lofty Raised in space or dimensions; lifted high up; elevated; very high.
    • lofty Elevated in condition, character, or quality; raised above the common level; characterized by eminence, dignity, sublimity, etc.; exalted; impressive.
    • lofty Elevated in conceit; manifesting pride or arrogance; haughty; ostentatious.
    • lofty Synonyms High, etc. See tall.
    • lofty Sublime, exalted, stately, majestic. See grand.
    • lofty Arrogant, magisterial.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Lofty high in position, character, sentiment, or diction: stately: haughty
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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.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “Fame is the inheritance not of the dead, but of the living. It is we who look back with lofty pride to the great names of antiquity.”
  • 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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Loft
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. lopt (loft), the sky, an upper room; A.S. lyft, Ger. luft, the air.


In literature:

In the lofty ways of youth, he had put marriage out of his mind.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
An Eagle sat on a lofty rock, watching the movements of a Hare, whom he sought to make his prey.
"Aesop's Fables" by Aesop
He caught glimpses of lofty shores, trees at the summit, and stretches of a dark and angry sky.
"The Sun Of Quebec" by Joseph A. Altsheler
I stood upon the lofty summit of Mount Sneffels' southern peak.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
Miss Bryant seldom met him on the stairs, and when she did she flounced past him in lofty scorn.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, August, 1878" by Various
He gave an exhibition of a high and lofty somersault.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
They wrote what they needed to carry out their lofty aim; and this was, perhaps, sufficient.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
A day's march through the mountains brought them into a lofty plateau, some seven thousand feet above the sea.
"By Right of Conquest" by G. A. Henty
The chapter-house is octagonal in shape, and is crowned by a lofty pyramidal roof.
"The Cathedral Church of York" by A. Clutton-Brock
Dhrita-rashtra's lofty edicts will proclaim his boundless sway, Nations work his righteous mandates and the kings his will obey!
"Maha-bharata" by Anonymous
Seen from the lofty spire of Trinity Church, the street presents a singular appearance.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
It was a lofty station, which commanded a complete circle of interesting objects to engage the spectator's attention.
"The Annals of the Poor" by Legh Richmond
Above the doorway is a lofty traceried window, and above this window the tower is vaulted.
"Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys" by Dugald Butler and Herbert Story
The lofty throne hall stands at the end, its decorative curtains screening its otherwise unwalled frontage.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Remember that personal character reveals itself in art Lofty conduct breeds the lofty ideal.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
But she herself, on the other hand, went to call Helen, and she found her on the lofty tower, and many Trojan dames around her.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
At many points the sea seemed to be completely land-locked, like the Lakes of Killarney, framed in by lofty hills.
"Due West" by Maturin Murray Ballou
They are not lofty, and ought indeed rather to be called hills than mountains.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
By steep and lofty hills on every side: 'Tis Tempe call'd.
"The Metamorphoses of Publius Ovidus Naso in English blank verse Vols. I & II" by Ovid
The very first visit one desires to make is to the lofty old castle that overlooks the city.
"Over the Ocean" by Curtis Guild

In poetry:

Wide as his vast dominion lies
Make the Creator's name be known;
Loud as his thunder shout his praise,
And sound it lofty as his throne.
"Psalm 148 Paraphrased" by Isaac Watts
"There is a steep and lofty wall,
Where my warders trembling stand,
He who at speed shall ride round its height,
For him shall be my hand."
"The Troubadour. Canto 4" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Redeemed from dust, and freed from chains,
Her sons shall lift their eyes;
From lofty hills and verdant plains
Shall shouts of triumph rise.
"Ethiopia" by Frances Ellen Watkins
Your eyes met mine: I did not blame;
You saw it: but I touched too near
Some noble nerve; a silent tear
Spoke soft reproach, and lofty shame.
"To G.A.G." by Charles Kingsley
Mortals, can you refrain your tongue,
When nature all around you sings?
O for a shout from old and young,
From humble swains and lofty kings!
"Psalm 148 Paraphrased" by Isaac Watts
My hopes are higher, nobler far—
They are immortal, splendid, bright;
Pure, lofty as yon morning star,
That shines with clear and holy light.
"Autumn: Sunday Morning" by John Bowring

In news:

Aluminum producer Novelis Inc is pursuing a lofty 80-percent-recycled-content target.
One local has got a lofty goal, fueled by the desire to help others this holiday season.
Loftis to discuss identity theft in Columbia.
0State Treasurer Curtis Loftis is holding a symposium on fraud detection and prevention in government programs.
State Treasurer Curtis Loftis is holding a symposium on fraud detection and prevention in government programs.
Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez says he wants to build the best college football program in the country, which seems rather lofty, but he's well on his way to making his first season a rousing success.
Detroit is eyeing the lofty player payrolls of the Detroit Tigers ($132 million), Detroit Lions ($120 million) and Detroit Red Wings ($59 million) for new tax revenue.
The 49ers' lofty ranking might not last long: Their next two opponents posted a combined score of 100-14 this week.
It is a lofty stage to be erected — an ornate frame within which a masterful painting will be hung.
A Lofty Space in San Francisco.
2 skydivers, 52 years apart, same lofty goal.
Lady Braves set lofty goals.
Robbie Marie Lofty Day Job: Human Resources and Events Coordinator at the Santa Rosa Island Authority Pensacola Resident Since: 2009.
Lofty words obscure realities in 'fiscal cliff' debate.
Mebane's play drawing some lofty praise.

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