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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)

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.

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."