sublime

In common use, sublime is an adjective meaning "awe-inspiringly grand, excellent, or impressive," like the best chocolate fudge sundae you've ever had.

You might describe a spine-tingling piece of music as "a work of sublime beauty." With the, the word also functions as a noun meaning "something that strikes the mind with a sense of grandeur or power": "Never need an American look beyond his own country for the sublime and beautiful of natural scenery," wrote Washington Irving. The beauty of music or nature can be awe-inspiring, but sublime is also useful for describing everything from an impressive serve in tennis to a jaw-droppingly good taste sensation.

Primary Meanings of sublime

1.
adj
of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style
2.
v
change or cause to change directly from a solid into a vapor without first melting
Full Definitions of sublime
1

adj of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style

Synonyms:
elevated, exalted, grand, high-flown, high-minded, idealistic, lofty, noble-minded, rarefied, rarified
noble
having or showing or indicative of high or elevated character

adj worthy of adoration or reverence

Synonyms:
reverend
sacred
concerned with religion or religious purposes

adj inspiring awe

“the sublime beauty of the night”
Synonyms:
empyreal, empyrean
glorious
having or deserving or conferring glory

adj lifted up or set high

“"their hearts were jocund and sublime"- Milton”
Synonyms:
elated
exultantly proud and joyful; in high spirits
2

v change or cause to change directly from a solid into a vapor without first melting

sublime iodine”
“some salts sublime when heated”
Synonyms:
sublimate
Type of:
aerify, gasify, vaporise, vaporize
turn into gas

v vaporize and then condense right back again

Synonyms:
sublimate
Types:
resublime
sublime (a compound) once again
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

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