Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Empyrean.
  • adjective Of the sky; celestial.
  • adjective Elevated; sublime.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Formed of pure fire or light; pertaining to the highest and purest region of heaven; pure.
  • noun The empyrean; the region of celestial purity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Empyrean.
  • adjective Formed of pure fire or light; refined beyond aërial substance; pertaining to the highest and purest region of heaven.
  • adjective oxygen gas.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Pertaining to the highest heaven or the empyrean; celestial; sublime; exalted.
  • adjective Of the sky or heavens.
  • adjective Fiery, made of pure fire.

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

  • adjective inspiring awe
  • adjective of or relating to the sky or heavens

Etymologies

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

[Middle English emperiall, from Medieval Latin empyreus, from Late Latin empyrius, fiery, from Greek empurios : en-, in; see en– + pūr, fire; see paəwr̥ in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin empyreus, from Ancient Greek ἐμπύρος ("fiery"), from ἐν ("en-") + πῦρ (pur, "fire") (English pyre).

Examples

  • In this remarkable book he tells of his discovery of oxygen -- "empyreal" or "fire-air," as he calls it -- which he seems to have made independently and without ever having heard of the previous discovery by Priestley.

    A History of Science: in Five Volumes. Volume IV: Modern Development of the Chemical and Biological Sciences

  • "empyreal" gas was, he supposed (very much as Wilson had done), generated in the body of the sun, and rising everywhere by reason of its lightness, made for itself, when in moderate quantities, small openings or "pores," [141] abundantly visible as dark points on the solar disc.

    A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century Fourth Edition

  • •The business of empyreal colonialism that exploits people

    Heart of Darkness And America's Gloomy History

  • And then it was gone: giant, empyreal prisoner, and the light that had framed them, leaving behind only the veldt and the scandalized night.

    Carnivores of Light and Darkness

  • With a soft, empyreal hiss, it saw itself sucked up by the thorns, until only a last wisp of noxious vapor remained to show where it had once writhed.

    Into the Thinking Kingdoms

  • With a soft, empyreal hiss, it saw itself sucked up by the thorns, until only a last wisp of noxious vapor remained to show where it had once writhed.

    Into the Thinking Kingdoms

  • Spirits in the form of angels or demons, good or bad — souls with spiritual bodies — inhabited the empyreal heavens, planets, or elements.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • Within and through this empyreal web of light marvellous scenes were simultaneously woven.

    The Eternal Maiden

  • Heavens and breathed empyreal air, her tempering; in like manner he requests her to lead him down to his native element lest he should meet with a fate similar to what befell Bellerophon.

    The Astronomy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'

  • Henceforth he is to fight his way through the storms of life and passion -- to pass onward and upward and at last to rise to 'higher spheres'; and amidst the fierce and insidious assaults of flesh and devil we shall see that he looks for strength and guidance to this Spirit that appeared to him in the blinding vision of living empyreal flame.

    The Faust-Legend and Goethe's 'Faust'

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  • emp(t)yreal..?

    November 28, 2014

  • Some suitors use comic material;

    Others are sweet and ethereal.

    Some try derring-do

    But the most daring woo

    Is feigning the sexless empyreal.

    December 8, 2018