Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, late 16th century
Of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe.
Used to denote the extreme or unparalleled nature of a person's attitude or behavior.
Examples of Sublime in a sentence
"I spent three hours examining all the details of the sublime cathedral ceiling."
"The professor’s lectures were known to be so sublime that his classes filled up immediately."
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Here’s a word usually reserved for the absolute best of something. Sublime means it’s so amazingly grand, so outstanding, that nothing can compete. Beethoven’s symphonies: Sublime. The ‘90s band named Sublime? Their “sublimeness” is up for debate.
Did you Know?
The adjective sublime means excellent. But there’s a verb form of sublime, usually used in chemistry. When a substance is sublimed, it changes into vapor when heated and leaves behind a solid substance when cooled.