• WordNet 3.6
    • adj sublime lifted up or set high "their hearts were jocund and sublime"- Milton"
    • adj sublime inspiring awe "well-meaning ineptitude that rises to empyreal absurdity"- M.S.Dworkin","empyrean aplomb"- Hamilton Basso","the sublime beauty of the night"
    • adj sublime 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"
    • adj sublime worthy of adoration or reverence
    • v sublime vaporize and then condense right back again
    • v sublime change or cause to change directly from a solid into a vapor without first melting "sublime iodine","some salts sublime when heated"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sublime Awakening or expressing the emotion of awe, adoration, veneration, heroic resolve, etc.; dignified; grand; solemn; stately; -- said of an impressive object in nature, of an action, of a discourse, of a work of art, of a spectacle, etc.; as, sublime scenery; a sublime deed. "Easy in words thy style, in sense sublime .""Know how sublime a thing it is
      To suffer and be strong."
    • Sublime Distinguished by lofty or noble traits; eminent; -- said of persons. "The sublime Julian leader."
    • Sublime Elevated by joy; elate. "Their hearts were jocund and sublime ,
      Drunk with idolatry, drunk with wine."
    • Sublime Lifted up; high in place; exalted aloft; uplifted; lofty. "Sublime on these a tower of steel is reared."
    • Sublime Lofty of mien; haughty; proud. "Countenance sublime and insolent.""His fair, large front and eye sublime declared
      Absolute rule."
    • n Sublime That which is sublime; -- with the definite article "The sublime rises from the nobleness of thoughts, the magnificence of words, or the harmonious and lively turn of the phrase."
    • Sublime To dignify; to ennoble. "An ordinary gift can not sublime a person to a supernatural employment."
    • Sublime To exalt; to heighten; to improve; to purify. "The sun . . . Which not alone the southern wit sublimes ,
      But ripens spirits in cold, northern climes."
    • v. i Sublime (Chem) To pass off in vapor, with immediate condensation; specifically, to evaporate or volatilize from the solid state without apparent melting; -- said of those substances, like arsenic, benzoic acid, etc., which do not exhibit a liquid form on heating, except under increased pressure.
    • Sublime To raise on high. "A soul sublimed by an idea above the region of vanity and conceit."
    • Sublime (Chem) To subject to the process of sublimation; to heat, volatilize, and condense in crystals or powder; to distill off, and condense in solid form; hence, also, to purify.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sublime High in place; uplifted; elevated; exalted; lofty.
    • sublime High in excellence; elevated by nature; exalted above men in general by lofty or noble traits; eminent: said of persons.
    • sublime Striking the mind with a sense of grandeur or power, physical or moral; calculated to awaken awe, veneration, exalted or heroic feeling, and the like; lofty; grand; noble: noting a natural object or scenery, an action or conduct, a discourse, a work of man's hands, a spectacle, etc.: as, sublime scenery; sublime heroism.
    • sublime Of lofty mien; elevated in manner, expression, or appearance.
    • sublime In anatomy, superficial; not deep-seated: opposed to profound: as, the sublime flexor of the fingers (the flexor sublimis, a muscle).
    • sublime Synonyms and Grand, Lofty, Sublime, majestic, stately. Grand founds its meanings on the idea of great size, lofty and sublime on that of height. Natural objects may be sublime without physical height, if vastness and great impressiveness are present. In the moral field the sublime is that which is so high above ordinary human achievements as to give the impression of astonishment blended with awe, as the leap of Curtius into the chasm, or the death of the martyr Stephen. In moral things the grand suggests both vastness and elevation. Lofty may imply pride, but in this connection it notes only a lower degree of the sublime, sublime being the strongest word in the language for ideas of its class.
    • n sublime That which is sublime: commonly with the definite article. In lit., that which is most elevated, stately, or imposing in style.
    • n sublime The grand, impressive, and awe-inspiring in the works of nature or art, as distinguished from the beautiful: occasionally with the indefinite article, to express a particular character of sublimity.
    • n sublime That which has been elevated and sublimated to its extreme limit; a noble and exalted ideal.
    • sublime To raise on high.
    • sublime To sublimate.
    • sublime To elevate; refine; purify; etherealize.
    • sublime To be affected by sublimation; be brought or changed into a state of vapor by heat, and then condensed by cold, as camphor or sulphur.
    • sublime To become exalted as by sublimation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sublime sub-līm′ high: lofty: majestic: awakening feelings of awe or veneration
    • n Sublime that which is sublime: the lofty or grand in thought or style (The sublime): the emotion produced by sublime objects
    • v.t Sublime to exalt: to dignify, to ennoble: to improve: to purify, to bring to a state of vapour by heat and condense again by cold
    • v.i Sublime to be sublimed or sublimated
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  • 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.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Know how sublime a thing it is to suffer and be strong.”
  • Lauter
    “He who has not forgiven an enemy has never yet tasted one of the most sublime enjoyments of life.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “There is sublime thieving in all giving. Someone gives us all he has and we are his.”
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
    “Neither man or nation can exist without a sublime idea.”


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. sublimis,; sub, under + (perhaps) a word akin to limen, lintel, sill, thus meaning, up to the lintel: cf. F. sublime,. Cf. Eliminate


In literature:

At this fearful pass a sublime scene was enacted.
"What Answer?" by Anna E. Dickinson
His confidence in the protection of his mother was sublime.
"In the Days of Poor Richard" by Irving Bacheller
Clearly, I am a coward, in spite of my admiration of the sublime.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 73, November, 1863" by Various
There is sublimity in the energy with which this monarch moved, step by step, toward the accomplishment of his plans.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
I would not wish for my worst enemy to hear anything so utterly in discord with the sublime harmony of nature.
"The Physiology of Marriage, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
The style may be very sublime, but the question is will it suit you.
"The Young Priest's Keepsake" by Michael Phelan
Then who will dare to steal a line from thy sublime works!
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
It was a day of perfect summer, and they drifted through it in sublime enjoyment.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
To Wimp the man's audacity verged on the Sublime; to Denzil on the Beautiful.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
She may be as mad as a hatter, but in the music she is given to "Der du auch sei'st," her lunacy becomes sublimity.
"Richard Wagner" by John F. Runciman

In poetry:

O sublime and unpolluted vessel,
not drained
in the dance in the old cave
and not running with sores inflicted by the Ancient Enemy.
"O Jerusalem" by Hildegard von Bingen
My list of beautiful things,
None were ever so sublimely grand,
To her I give my heart and hand,
And all the wealth my labor brings.
"My List Of Beautiful Things" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
Away! away! like the birds,
They soar in their flight sublime;
And the waving wings of the poet's words
Flash down to the end of time.
"Sentinel Songs" by Abram Joseph Ryan
O Corsica, sublimely wild
And riven by the winds and waves,
Thy fame is deathless from thy child,
Whose glory filled a million graves.
"Corsica" by John Lawson Stoddard
I kissed his mouth -sublime despair!
Our souls were one; our bodies met -
Yea! darkness cover everywhere
The secret of the House of Set!
"The Wild Ass" by Aleister Crowley
"Alas! no present saint we find;
The white cymar gleams far behind,
Revealed in outline vague, sublime,
Through telescopic mists of time!
"The Chapel of the Hermits" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

It's also the most sublimely silly one.
Suarez sends Liverpool into Europa League group stage Posted: Aug 31, 2012 Check out Luis Suarez's sublime finish which put the Reds in the Europa League p.
Among The Tuareg Of Libya Sublime Frequencies DVD.
The options are almost overwhelming, ranging from the very simple to the sublime.
Dowd 's BBQ & Southern Cuisine in Tacoma serves sublime ribs.
Nine hot bars and restaurants serving everything from foie-gras-stuffed chicken to sublime pizza.
Sublime, the Long Beach Dub All-Stars, Slightly Stoopid, Bad Brains, Buju Bantan, Darryl Palumbo.
The remaining members of Sublime, Bud and Eric, will be gracing the stage of the Historic Wilma Theater once again.
You can expect a lot of classic Sublime songs to be played tonight.
Bryan Anderson - " Pawn Shop ," by Sublime.
Eleven photographs document how artists use the camera to capture the sublime beauty and human destruction of the natural world.
Bob Marley, Sublime, Groundation, Stranger.
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.

In science:

Our fiducial planet parameters of Rp = 0.5 R⊕ and Mp = 0.1 M⊕ , β = 0.15, and a sublimation time for the dust of tsub = 104 s were assumed.
Possible Disintegrating Short-Period Super-Mercury Orbiting KIC 12557548
The computations were performed in a frame of reference rotating with the planet’s orbit, and followed 30,000 dust particles from launch to sublimation.
Possible Disintegrating Short-Period Super-Mercury Orbiting KIC 12557548
Even if dust grains could be driven off the hot super-Earths detected to date, they would be too hot; grains in these other systems would sublimate too quickly to travel far from their parent planets, and would fail to block as much light from their host stars.
Possible Disintegrating Short-Period Super-Mercury Orbiting KIC 12557548
Sublimation lifetimes tsub are exponentially sensitive to temperature.
Possible Disintegrating Short-Period Super-Mercury Orbiting KIC 12557548
If there indeed turns out to be a super-Mercury orbiting KIC 12557548, where the occultations are due to dust carried by outflowing sublimated gas, the planet would be among the smallest-mass bodies ever to have been (indirectly) detected.
Possible Disintegrating Short-Period Super-Mercury Orbiting KIC 12557548