Definition of sublime in English:

sublime

adjective

  • 1Of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe.

    ‘Mozart's sublime piano concertos’
    ‘experiences that ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous’
    • ‘He dropped one scoring pass and shortly after the full-back went from the sublime to the ridiculous in a matter of minutes.’
    • ‘The sublime (as distinct from the merely pleasurable) is not primarily a matter of reflection and comparison.’
    • ‘The park also presents a curious mix of the sublime and ridiculous, and sometimes, quite bizarre, so you really do need a receptive mind.’
    • ‘The sublime beauty of it all, Mann tells us, is ‘too much, too blest for sinful mortals’.’
    • ‘Relying on his emotions as a stimulus, Lepe's work is both sublime and intuitive.’
    • ‘The country boasts a sublime natural beauty, with the Red River Delta in the north, the Mekong Delta in the south and a patchwork coastal strip of brilliant green rice paddies.’
    • ‘In the ensuing furore, the arguments put forward on both sides have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous.’
    • ‘His final album is a masterpiece of raw emotions, sublime melodies, and achingly beautiful lyrics.’
    • ‘The sublime jostled with the ridiculous for attention as Edmonton's Thespians donned their finest plumage to dazzle, bewilder and delight.’
    • ‘I have heard and reviewed many great performances of this sublime work but this must take the cake for emotional intensity.’
    • ‘They are creations of sublime visual beauty and sensuality; dreamlike chiaroscuro and stifling decorative excess form the backdrop for melodrama pervaded by a diffuse sexuality.’
    • ‘From the sublime to the ridiculous and truly perplexing I thought I'd share them with you.’
    • ‘Where can one who rejects the alternative of the sublime horror or the ridiculous degradation seek the image of a man with a reason to fight for a this-worldly ideal?’
    • ‘It touches everything from the sublime to the ridiculous.’
    • ‘In each religion we discover the interweaving of the sublime and the ridiculous, the liberatory and the oppressive, the radical and the conventional.’
    • ‘Themes varied from the sublime to the ridiculous but citizens supported it in force.’
    • ‘This and other personality tests - varying from the sublime to the ridiculous - are also available via the link above.’
    • ‘This valley of hellish heat and human misery is also a place of stark, sublime beauty.’
    • ‘This is an unashamedly bombastic work but one cannot help being moved by the grandeur and sublime beauty of the piece.’
    • ‘When Beethoven is out of fashion, that is because people are afraid of drama and of sublime emotions.’
    exalted, elevated, noble, lofty, awe-inspiring, awesome, majestic, magnificent, imposing, glorious, supreme
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    1. 1.1Used to denote the extreme or unparalleled nature of a person's attitude or behavior.
      ‘he had the sublime confidence of youth’
      • ‘There is a sublime sense of entitlement around these three young women.’
      • ‘The nutmeg as Mills tried to shield the ball at the corner flag was a sublime example of justified arrogance.’
      • ‘And a figure like Joseph Chamberlain had sublime confidence, as had Disraeli before him, that the people could be ‘managed’.’
      • ‘With his hauteur and chequered disciplinary record, as well as his sublime talent, he dominated the emerging celebrity culture of English football.’
      • ‘Smith tackles these deeper traits with sublime confidence, bolstered by the similarities between his personality and Ali's.’
      • ‘Her demeanor was sublime to behold in the torchlight that glowed upon her.’
      • ‘Why combine sublime knowledge with utter inexperience?’
      • ‘Yet this last, the cultivation of sublime indifference, may not be the easiest but the toughest way of all into the snob-free zone.’
      • ‘Fittingly, then, panic for theoreticians is not strictly a sublime emotion.’
      • ‘We used to introduce heroic figures with sublime intentions to Chinese youth as role models, but the extra-grandeur of the figures was too much for them to believe.’

verb

  • 1Chemistry
    [no object] (of a solid substance) change directly into vapor when heated, typically forming a solid deposit again on cooling.

    • ‘Even given current surface conditions, the water could flow for hundreds of metres or more, depending on the volume and rate of flow, before completely subliming into the atmosphere.’
    • ‘Sometimes pieces of the mats become encased in ice that migrates upward as the top of the ice sublimes.’
    • ‘A layer of volcanic ash and dust seems to have protected the ice from subliming away, the researcher said.’
    • ‘Chloranil (Fluka) was recrystallized from acetone and sublimed under vacuum.’
    • ‘There are conditions under which some materials can either be caused to sublime instead of melting, or liquefy instead of subliming.’
    1. 1.1[with object]Cause (a substance) to do this.
      ‘these crystals could be sublimed under a vacuum’
  • 2archaic [with object] Elevate to a high degree of moral or spiritual purity or excellence.

Origin

Late 16th century (in the sense dignified, aloof): from Latin sublimis, from sub- up to + a second element perhaps related to limen threshold limus oblique.

Pronunciation:

sublime

/səˈblīm/