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Sublime

[sə-BLAHYM]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, late 16th century

1.

Of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe.

2.

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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About Sublime

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.

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