Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make or become ethereal.

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  • v. To make ethereal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To convert into ether, or into subtile fluid; to saturate with ether.
  • transitive v. To render ethereal or spiritlike.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make ethereal; purify and refine; spiritualize. Also spelled etherealise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make ethereal

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Examples

  • The long tendency of sentimental fiction to etherealize the heroine can hardly survive against this gust of earthy comedy

    'Pleasure is now, and ought to be, your business': Stealing Sexuality in Jane Austen's _Juvenilia_

  • Angels, as some represent them, even in whole lengths, are by _anatomists_ regarded as _monsters_; but what then are the chubby winged heads _without bodies_, with which some artists etherealize their works.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 12, No. 341, November 15, 1828

  • Study Perugino and Raphael, see how they raise human nature and etherealize it till we see the divinity of soul in the faces of their saints and martyrs.

    Fra Bartolommeo

  • It was a bright, cheerful apartment, giving upon the laurels of the rocky hillside, and permeated, like the rest of the house, with the wholesome spice of the valley -- an odor that, in its pure desiccating property, seemed to obliterate all flavor of alien human habitation, and even to dominate and etherealize the appetizing smell of the viands before them.

    A Phyllis of the Sierras

  • At midnight few scenes could be more calm and beautiful, so tenderly did the light of the moon soften and etherealize everything.

    His Sombre Rivals

  • Refinement is the lifting of one's self upwards from the merely sensual, the effort of the soul to etherealize the common wants and uses of life.

    Pearls of Thought

  • _pneumatichon_, his real thought evidently being that of a _body spiritualized_; so some, remembering that "the letter killeth," would etherealize Scripture by telling us that the divine idea is the chief thing, and the language quite secondary.

    The Ministry of the Spirit

  • a question which has stirred the heart of mankind to its foundations -- can Women etherealize society?

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 342, April, 1844

  • "We need not agree with a certain modern school who would empty all poetry of poetical thought and etherealize it till it melts into a strain of music; who sing to us we hardly know of what, but in such a way that the echoes of the real world, its men and women, its actual stir and conflict, are faint and hardly to be discerned.

    A Study of Poetry

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