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

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No artist did more to celebrate the sublimity that can come from understatement or the grace derived from keeping cool under pressure. Ted Gioia, WSJ, "‘Bing Crosby’ Review: Nothin’ but Blue Skies," 8 Nov. 2018 But Zhao's restrained, unsentimental style is the opposite of preachy, which makes it all too easy to underappreciate the sublimity of her achievement. Justin Chang,, "Chloé Zhao's cowboy drama 'The Rider' is a moving, lyrical tale of loss and recovery," 10 Apr. 2018 More than the Met or the Louvre, the Attic is the essence of what a museum could — or should — be: a curation of individually ordinary objects that achieve a collective sublimity. Samanth Subramanian, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Tiny Museums," 9 May 2018 For me, the show reaches its peak of sublimity in the work of Dustin Yellin, who creates convincing unreal worlds by painting on multiple layers of glass. Thomas Hine,, "Brandywine River Museum's new exhibit finds scary beauty in the realm of decay," 5 July 2018 This is the sublime, but in Aldred’s hands its not a domineering sublimity that seeks to own the landscape, to assert the ubiquity of the human soul. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Shaking the Tree," 30 May 2018 But Bresson’s spare stylistics achieved a sublimity while Schrader’s, though intermittently powerful, too often feel schematic. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "'First Reformed' charts a young priest's slide into ecoterrorism," 18 May 2018 That masterpiece — pure dance, ceremonious, hierarchical, formal, classicism in excelsis — exemplified the sublimity that Robbins henceforth strove to pursue. New York Times, "Jerome Robbins, Ballet’s Mr. ‘Take It Easy, Baby,’ at 100," 27 Apr. 2018 In one such glimpse of sublimity, a group of young Native American rodeo riders drink beer, roughhouse, and sing songs in the immensity of the Badlands surrounding the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, in South Dakota. Peter Keough,, "‘The Rider’: What cinema is capable of at its best," 25 Apr. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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