Adjective "sublime" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Of very great excellence or beauty.
  1. 'experiences that ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous'
  2. 'The sublime (as distinct from the merely pleasurable) is not primarily a matter of reflection and comparison.'
  3. 'In the ensuing furore, the arguments put forward on both sides have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous.'
  4. 'The park also presents a curious mix of the sublime and ridiculous, and sometimes, quite bizarre, so you really do need a receptive mind.'
  5. 'This and other personality tests - varying from the sublime to the ridiculous - are also available via the link above.'
  6. '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.'
  7. 'When Beethoven is out of fashion, that is because people are afraid of drama and of sublime emotions.'
  8. 'From the sublime to the ridiculous and truly perplexing I thought I'd share them with you.'
  9. 'This valley of hellish heat and human misery is also a place of stark, sublime beauty.'
  10. 'His final album is a masterpiece of raw emotions, sublime melodies, and achingly beautiful lyrics.'
  11. 'The sublime beauty of it all, Mann tells us, is ‘too much, too blest for sinful mortals’.'
  12. 'So, the principle of the sublime depends upon, like Jeanne d' Arc, the sense of a lack of fear of immortality.'
  13. 'Golden light flooding up the valley creates the sense of the sublime so often invoked by Bierstadt.'
  14. 'While Turner was a complex and eclectic artist, much of his work is suffused with a Romantic sense of nature's sublime power and wonder.'
  15. 'The sublime transformed itself into feminine agency, the ability to occupy a space in an active way so as not to be utterly overwhelmed by the sublime effect of nature.'
  16. 'And hearing it played on the radio by the finest exponents remains a sublime experience for thousands.'
  17. 'The distanced position of the spectator obviates the emotional experience of the sublime.'
  18. 'He said it inspired a sense of the sublime - the massive, overpowering effect of awe demanded by something bigger and stronger than we are.'
  19. 'Only in the metropolis can human culture and knowledge reach its bizarre, sublime peaks; only there can 10,000 strangers come together in a city square to hear music.'
  20. 'They may not all image it directly, but a sense of space and the sublime seems to find its way into the visual art on some level.'
  21. 'Westminster station, one of the most dramatic on the Jubilee Line, is sublime in the proper sense of the word: awesome in both experience and execution.'
(of a person's attitude or behaviour) extreme or unparalleled.
  1. 'With his hauteur and chequered disciplinary record, as well as his sublime talent, he dominated the emerging celebrity culture of English football.'
  2. 'Fittingly, then, panic for theoreticians is not strictly a sublime emotion.'
  3. 'Her demeanor was sublime to behold in the torchlight that glowed upon her.'
  4. 'There is a sublime sense of entitlement around these three young women.'
  5. 'Smith tackles these deeper traits with sublime confidence, bolstered by the similarities between his personality and Ali's.'


(of a solid substance) change directly into vapour when heated, typically forming a solid deposit again on cooling.
  1. '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.'
  2. 'Sometimes pieces of the mats become encased in ice that migrates upward as the top of the ice sublimes.'
  3. 'A layer of volcanic ash and dust seems to have protected the ice from subliming away, the researcher said.'
Elevate to a high degree of moral or spiritual purity or excellence.


    1. elevated or lofty in thought, language, etc.: Paradise Lost is sublime poetry.

    2. impressing the mind with a sense of grandeur or power; inspiring awe, veneration, etc.: Switzerland has sublime scenery.

    3. supreme or outstanding: a sublime dinner.

    4. complete; absolute; utter: sublime stupidity.

    5. Archaic. of lofty bearing. haughty.

    6. Archaic. raised high; high up. noun

    7. the sublime. the realm of things that are sublime: the sublime in art. the quality o

    More examples(as adjective)

    "primacies can be sublime in powers."

    "skills can be sublime."

    "works can be sublime."

    "confidences can be sublime."

    "settings can be sublime."

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    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’.