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Meaning of SUBLIMITY

Pronunciation:  su'blimitee

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  nobility in thought or feeling or style

SUBLIMITY is a 9 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: the sublime
 See Also: grandeur, magnanimousness, nobility



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Sub*lim"i*ty\, n.; pl. {Sublimities}. [L. sublimitas:
cf. F. sublimit['e].]
1. The quality or state of being sublime (in any sense of the

2. That which is sublime; as, the sublimities of nature.

Syn: Grandeur; magnificence.

Usage: {Sublimity}, {Grandeur}. The mental state indicated by
       these two words is the same, namely, a mingled emotion
       of astonishment and awe. In speaking of the quality
       which produces this emotion, we call it grandeur when
       it springs from what is vast in space, power, etc.; we
       call it sublimity when it springs from what is
       elevated far above the ordinary incidents of humanity.
       An immense plain is grand. The heavens are not only
       grand, but sublime (as the predominating emotion),
       from their immense height. Exalted intellect, and
       especially exalted virtue under severe trials, give us
       the sense of moral sublimity, as in the case of our
       Savior in his prayer for his murderers. We do not
       speak of Satan, when standing by the fiery gulf, with
       his ``unconquerable will and study of revenge,'' as a
       sublime object; but there is a melancholy grandeur
       thrown around him, as of an ``archangel ruined.''