Definition of "sublime" []

  • Characterized by nobility; majestic. (adjective)
  • Of high spiritual, moral, or intellectual worth. (adjective)
  • Not to be excelled; supreme. (adjective)
  • Inspiring awe; impressive. (adjective)
  • Archaic Raised aloft; set high. (adjective)
  • Of high moral, aesthetic, intellectual, or spiritual value; noble; exalted (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Inspiring deep veneration, awe, or uplifting emotion because of its beauty, nobility, grandeur, or immensity (adjective)
  • Unparalleled; supreme (adjective)
  • Of proud bearing or aspect (adjective)
  • Raised up (adjective)
  • To make higher or purer (verb)
  • To change or cause to change directly from a solid to a vapour or gas without first melting (verb)
  • To undergo or cause to undergo this process followed by a reverse change directly from a vapour to a solid (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "sublime" in a sentence
  • "Besides this distinction, they have what they call the sublime, that is, a style proper for poetry, and which is the exact scripture style."
  • "DVD FOCUS 'Diary of a Country Priest' 1951 The word 'sublime' has often been used to describe this Robert Bresson masterpiece, a slow-paced film of great purity that portrays the pain and occasional joy of the religious life."
  • "Hardly surpising, since the sublime is all about import."