Definition of lofty adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈlɒfti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɔːfti//
    , NAmE//ˈlɑːfti//
    (loftier, loftiest) (formal) Moral, How a building looks
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  1. 1(of buildings, mountains, etc.) very high and impressive lofty ceilings/rooms/towers See related entries: How a building looks
  2. 2[usually before noun] (approving) (of a thought, an aim, etc.) deserving praise because of its high moral quality lofty ambitions/ideals/principles See related entries: Moral
  3. 3(disapproving) showing a belief that you are worth more than other people synonym haughty her lofty disdain for other people
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from loft, influenced by aloft.Extra examples Despite their lofty ideals, they still needed to raise money. From the lofty heights of his apartment you could see right across New York. Many politicians start out with lofty principles, but only a few manage to maintain them. The dining room was airy and lofty. The glen is deeply enclosed by lofty mountains.
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