sub·​lim·​i·​ty | \ sə-ˈbli-mə-tē How to pronounce sublimity (audio) \
plural sublimities

Definition of sublimity

1 : the quality or state of being sublime
2 : something sublime or exalted

Examples of sublimity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And, in the sublimity of the moment, Hsieh could see it—the plot, the characters, the environment. Joe Hsieh, The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2022 Watching him may elicit wonder at his cosmic luck—a mathematical sublimity. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 18 May 2022 Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity, and loveliness. Katherine Lagrave, Outside Online, 25 Feb. 2019 Ray is an artistic and philosophical provocateur whose ever-startling creations look back in spirit, if rarely in appearance, to the sublimity of ancient Greek art. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 7 Feb. 2022 Williams studied with Gordon Lish (and, before that, with Philip Roth), but her minimalism is distinctive for its sublimity and its spirituality, its ability to evoke the laws of a world apart. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 10 Oct. 2021 With its cupola on a gallery above a balustrade over a colonnade on a plinth, the many-layered little temple distills High Renaissance sublimity into a compact package. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 23 Sep. 2021 One senses a flirtation with horror here, and the same dark sublimity resides in the poem itself, which, beneath its wealth and manners, is extremely metal. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 In that setting, Jafa’s video feels less like a surprising blow and more like a logical conclusion, in all its terror and its sublimity. Los Angeles Times, 7 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sublimity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Sublimity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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