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



BrE BrE//səˈblaɪm//
; NAmE NAmE//səˈblaɪm//
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  • the sublime [singular] something that is sublime He transforms the most ordinary subject into the sublime.
  • 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’.Idioms
    from the sublime to the ridiculous
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    used to describe a situation in which something serious, important or of high quality is followed by something silly, unimportant or of poor quality
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sublime

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