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1 extending to a great distance upward
  • the ever-increasing lofty heights of the world's skyscrapers

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2 having a feeling of superiority that shows itself in an overbearing attitude
  • she acts all lofty and superior just because she went to an Ivy League college

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4 having, characterized by, or arising from a dignified and generous nature
  • remained true to the cause's lofty ideals, regardless of the changing winds of popular opinion

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How does the adjective lofty contrast with its synonyms?

The words high and tall are common synonyms of lofty. While all three words mean "above the average in height," lofty suggests great or imposing altitude.

lofty mountain peaks

When might high be a better fit than lofty?

The meanings of high and lofty largely overlap; however, high implies marked extension upward and is applied chiefly to things which rise from a base or foundation or are placed at a conspicuous height above a lower level.

a high hill

a high ceiling

When can tall be used instead of lofty?

Although the words tall and lofty have much in common, tall applies to what grows or rises high by comparison with others of its kind and usually implies relative narrowness.

a tall thin man

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The first known use of lofty was in the 15th century

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“Lofty.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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