Since last week we have been talking about Sublime philosophy. However I missed an important detail which is to study the word from the origins and meanings in order to comprehensive the all meaning and why is so important.
Word Origin & History
1586, "expressing lofty ideas in an elevated manner," from M.Fr.sublime, from L. sublimis "uplifted, high, lofty," possiblyoriginally "sloping up to the lintel," from sub "up to" + limen "lintel." The sublime "the sublime part of anything" is from 1679.Sublime Porte , former title of the Ottoman government, is fromFr. la Sublime Porte , lit. "the high gate," a loan-translation ofArabic Bab 'Ali , title of the Ottoman court at Constantinople (cf.mikado).
[suh-blahym] Show IPAadjective, noun, verb, -limed, -lim·ing.
1.elevated or lofty in thought, language, etc.: Paradise lost issublime poetry.
2.impressing the mind with a sense of grandeur or power;inspiring awe, veneration, etc.: Switzerland has sublimescenery.
3.supreme or outstanding: a sublime dinner.
4.complete; absolute; utter: sublime stupidity.
a.of lofty bearing.
6.Archaic . raised high; high up.
a.the realm of things that are sublime: the sublime in art.
b.the quality of sublimity.
c.the greatest or supreme degree.
–verb (used with object)
8.to make higher, nobler, or purer.
a.to convert (a solid substance) by heat into a vapor,which on cooling condenses again to solid form, withoutapparent liquefaction.
b.to cause to be given off by this or someanalogous process.
–verb (used without object)
10.Chemistry . to volatilize from the solid state to a gas, andthen condense again as a solid without passing through theliquid state.
1350–1400; (noun and adj.)
—Can be confused: sublimate, sublime .
1. exalted, noble. 2. magnificent, superb, august, grand,gorgeous, resplendent, imposing, majestic.
World English Dictionary
adj a sublime compliment poetic of proud bearing or aspect archaic raised up nthe sublime of folly vb tr ) to make higher or purerto sublime iodine ; manymercury salts sublime when heated to sublimeiodine onto glasssublīmis lofty, perhaps from sub- up to + līmen lintel] sub'limely adv sublimity n
sub·limed ; , sub·lim·ing ; vt : to cause to pass from the solid tothe vapor state by heating and to condense back to solid form
vi : to pass directly from the solid to the vapor state
in literary criticism, grandeur of thought, emotion, and spirit thatcharacterizes great literature. It is the topic of an incompletetreatise, On the Sublime, that was for long attributed to the 3rd-century Greek philosopher Cassius Longinus but now believed tohave been written in the 1st century AD by an unknown writerfrequently designated Pseudo-Longinus.
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