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



    BrE BrE//səˈblaɪm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈblaɪm//
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  1. 1of very high quality and causing great admiration sublime beauty a sublime combination of flavours The location of the hotel is sublime.
  2. 2(formal, often disapproving) (of a person’s behaviour or attitudes) extreme, especially in a way that shows they are not aware of what they are doing or are not concerned about what happens because of it the sublime confidence of youth He battled on, in the sublime conviction that he was in the right.
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent. (in the sense ‘dignified, aloof’): from Latin sublimis, from sub- ‘up to’ + a second element perhaps related to limen ‘threshold’, limus ‘oblique’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sublime