Definitions

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  • n. The state of being sublime.
  • n. Something sublime.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being sublime (in any sense of the adjective).
  • n. That which is sublime.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being sublime; that character or quality of anything which marks it as sublime: grandeur.
  • n. Loftiness of conception; exaltation of sentiment or style.
  • n. Grandeur; vastness; majesty, whether exhibited in the works of nature or of art: as, the sublimity of a scene or of a building.
  • n. That which is sublime; a sublime person or thing.
  • n. The highest degree of its highest quality of which anything is capable; climax; acme.
  • n. See the adjectives.
  • n. Synonyms See sublime.

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

  • n. nobility in thought or feeling or style

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Examples

  • That the ass, which in its very degradation still retains an under-power of sublimity, [Footnote: '_An under-power of sublimity_.'

    Narrative and Miscellaneous Papers

  • The sublimity is so overpowering as naturally to prompt the exclamation that if the divine steeds were to leap thus twice in succession they would pass beyond the confines of the world.

    On the Sublime

  • This modern form of sublimity is more complex than mere technophobia.

    Ballardian » Edward Burtynsky: Oil – A Ballardian Interpretation

  • The very sublimity is the cause of the difficulty of the style, and of the presence of peculiar expressions occurring, not found elsewhere.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • In this volume religious sublimity is clothed in childlike simplicity.

    The Mother's Book

  • Burnett — Author of The Theory of Earth [14] a book which equals Milton in sublimity, & which for ingenuity never perhaps was equalled.

    Letter 149

  • The chief characteristic of Milton's poetry is its sublimity, which is the natural outcome of the magnificence of his conceptions and of his own pure imaginative genius.

    The Astronomy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'

  • That sublimity, which is one manifestation of beauty, is of the spirit, and by the spirit it must be apprehended.

    The Enjoyment of Art

  • Never before had I guessed what beauty made sublime could be -- and yet, the sublimity was a dark one -- the glory was not all of heaven -- though none the less was it glorious.

    She

  • Up to this time the moral atmosphere of the room had by no means attained the level reached by Leigh and Emmet alone, not only because of the restless presence of Cobbens, which refused to harmonise with the idea of sublimity, but also because, in any such gathering, the tendency is downward toward the plane of the most frivolous and common-place person present.

    The Mayor of Warwick

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  • Or a limerick?

    September 24, 2007

  • Ooh! Is this the beginning of a story? :-)

    September 24, 2007

  • there was a town called sublimity. . .

    September 24, 2007