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empyreal

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adjective em·py·re·al \ˌem-ˌpī-ˈrē-əl, -pə-; em-ˈpir-ē-əl, -ˈpī-rē-\

Definition of empyreal

  1. 1 :  of or relating to the empyrean :  celestial

  2. 2 :  sublime



Examples of empyreal in a sentence

  1. <a painting depicting the Deity as seated on an empyreal throne surrounded by saints and angels>



Did You Know?

Empyreal can be traced back to the Greek word for "fiery," empyros, which was formed from the prefix em- ("in," "within," or "inside") and "-pyros," from "pyr," the Greek word for "fire." When "empyreal" entered the English language - via the Late Latin empyreus or "empyrius"- in the 15th century, it specifically referred to things related to the empyrean, the highest heaven or outermost heavenly sphere of ancient and medieval cosmology, which was often thought to contain or be composed of the element of fire. In the works of Christian writers - such as Dante's Divine Comedy and John Milton's Paradise Lost - this outermost heavenly sphere was associated with the Christian paradise. "Empyreal" is now also used more broadly in the senses of "celestial" and "sublime."

Origin and Etymology of empyreal

Late Latin empyrius, empyreus, from Late Greek empyrios, from Greek em- 2en- + pyr fire


First Known Use: 15th century


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