1. Characterized by nobility; majestic.
a. Of high spiritual, moral, or intellectual worth.
b. Not to be excelled; supreme.
3. Inspiring awe; impressive.
4. Archaic Raised aloft; set high.
5. Archaic Of lofty appearance or bearing; haughty: "not terrible, / That I should fear ... / But solemn and sublime" (John Milton).
1. Something sublime.
2. An ultimate example.
v. sub·limed, sub·lim·ing, sub·limes
1. To render sublime.
2. Chemistry To cause to sublimate.
[French, from Old French, sublimated, from Latin sublīmis, uplifted.]
sub·limeness, sub·limi·ty (sə-blĭmĭ-tē) n.
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