• WordNet 3.6
    • n sublimity nobility in thought or feeling or style
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sublimity That which is sublime; as, the sublimities of nature.
    • Sublimity The quality or state of being sublime (in any sense of the adjective).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sublimity The state of being sublime; that character or quality of anything which marks it as sublime: grandeur. Especially— Loftiness of nature or character; moral grandeur: as, the sublimity of an action.
    • n sublimity Loftiness of conception; exaltation of sentiment or style.
    • n sublimity Grandeur; vastness; majesty, whether exhibited in the works of nature or of art: as, the sublimity of a scene or of a building.
    • n sublimity That which is sublime; a sublime person or thing.
    • n sublimity The highest degree of its highest quality of which anything is capable; climax; acme.
    • n sublimity See the adjectives.
    • n sublimity Synonyms See sublime.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Sublimity loftiness: elevation: grandeur: loftiness of thought or style: nobleness of nature or character: excellence
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  • James Russell Lowell
    “Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime . Not failure, but low aim is crime.”
  • Robert Southey
    “Ambition is an idol, on whose wings great minds are carried only to extreme; to be sublimely great or to be nothing.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “In America the geography is sublime, but the men are not; the inventions are excellent, but the inventors one is sometimes ashamed of.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “Do you wish to find out the really sublime? Repeat the Lord's Prayer.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.”
  • Josh Billings
    “When a man gets talking about himself, he seldom fails to be eloquent and often reaches the sublime.”


From the sublime to the ridiculous - If something declines considerably in quality or importance, it is said to have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. sublimitas,: cf. F. sublimité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. sublimis, high, ety. dub.; perh. sub-limen, up to the lintel.


In literature:

I think such women can never be forgotten by a man, any more than he can forget what is grand and sublime.
"Beatrix" by Honore de Balzac
Well then, my brethren, take the sublime about you, the mantle of the ugly!
"Thus Spake Zarathustra A Book for All and None" by Friedrich Nietzsche
Snake Gulch had a character and sublimity which cast Nail Canyon into the obscurity of forgetfulness.
"The Last of the Plainsmen" by Zane Grey
We know the sublime Perpetual President in his red wig, and sublime supremacy of Pure Science.
"History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XVI. (of XXI.) Frederick The Great--The Ten Years of Peace.--1746-1756." by Thomas Carlyle
See you not your sublime Emperor Ivan, whom the regent-mother is rocking in his cradle?
"The Daughter of an Empress" by Louise Muhlbach
He felt and admired their wild and daring sublimity.
"The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 2 (of 4)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Longing for a knowledge of the sublime mysteries of Nature, his mind wished to soar to heaven on its first flight.
"Mauprat" by George Sand
John Gale lifted his eyes in sublime exaltation.
"New Burlesques" by Bret Harte
They had no words to express the sublime emotions they felt.
"The Mysteries of Udolpho" by Ann Radcliffe
Still it was sublime.
"Letters written during a short residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark" by Mary Wollstonecraft

In poetry:

Whose saintly lessons are so framed that we
May learn that pain is but a text sublime,
Teaching us how to learn at Sorrow's knee
To value things of time.
"An Elegiac Ode" by James Barron Hope
As one who strives a hill to climb,
Who never climbed before:
Who finds it, in a little time,
Grow every moment less sublime,
And votes the thing a bore:
"Phantasmagoria Canto VI ( Dyscomfyture )" by Lewis Carroll
"My husband! Ah, I thought sometime
That I could do without him well,
Communing with the heaven at prime,
And in my womanhood could dwell
Calm and sublime.
"Mount Arafa" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Then finish, Dear Cloe, this Pastoral War;
And let us like Horace and Lydia agree:
For Thou art a Girl as much brighter than Her,
As He was a Poet sublimer than Me.
"A Better Answer" by Matthew Prior
The great, sublime hosannas of the sea
Ascend on wings of mighty winds to Thee,
And mingled with their stately words are tones
Of human love, O Lord of all the zones!
"Hymn of Praise" by Henry Kendall
Than, in this hamlet of the plain,
A less sublime repose to gain,
Where Nature, genial and urbane,
To man defers,
Yielding to us the right to reign,
Which yet is hers.
"In Laleham Churchyard" by William Watson

In news:

Maple syrup glaze transforms this ultra-simple dish into something sublime.
Bob Marley, Sublime, Groundation, Stranger.
Bob Marley, Groundation, Cultura Profetica, Don Carlos, Roots Radics, Twinkle Brothers, Gregory Isaacs, Sublime, Radiohead, Incubus.
Including SolJet, VersaCamm AdvancedJet, Hi-Fi Express and Hi-Fi Jet Pro II models equipped with eco-solvent, solvent, sublimation and aqueous ink sets.
Roman " Rome " Ramirez, who joined the band Sublime years after the death of music legend Bradley Nowell, will perform on Nov 2 at the Belly Up in Solana Beach.
The newest look in mosaic tiles is small circles and ovals that have variations in color from subtle to sublime.
There's nothing more sublime than the flavor of wood smoked pig.
Jenny Hart is familiar to anyone in the alt craft scene as the powerhouse behind Sublime Stitching.
THREE LIQUIDS USUALLY come to mind when most people think of Oregon: sublime coffee, craft-brewed beer and rain.
On Wed August 1st at 9:06am, we'll be interviewing Tom Mueller, author of Extra Virginity – The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil.
Scarves with one side silk and the other fine wool are a sublime compromise.
Sublime with Rome, Facebook.
Saying that Sublime with Rome's recent onstage drama and abrupt announcement of drummer Bud Gaugh's departure sent some mixed signals would be an understatement.
Remembering Sublime 's Bradley Nowell.
My recent obsession has been the Seattle-based recording label Sublime Frequencies.

In science:

Some examples of the dust temperature and of the grain size corresponding to the H2O ice sublimation limit versus the distance from the star are plotted Figures 4 and 5 respectively.
On the HR 4796A circumstellar disk
The life times of the grains in the disk under PoyntingRobertson drag, collisions and sublimation, can be written respectively as (e.g.
On the HR 4796A circumstellar disk
Time-scales under Poynting-Robertson drag, collisions and sublimation.
On the HR 4796A circumstellar disk
At 70 AU from the star, the H2O ice within the smallest grains is sublimated in a short time-scale in comparison with the star age.
On the HR 4796A circumstellar disk
The vacuum in the chamber was maintained by a Ti-sublimation pump and an ion pump.
Loading a vapor cell magneto-optic trap using light-induced atom desorption