- adj. 庄严的；令人崇敬的；极端的；超群的
- n. 崇高；顶点
- vt. 使…纯化；使…升华；使…变高尚
- vi. 升华；纯化；变高尚
CET6+ TEM8 GRE
sub-,在下，向上，-lim,门槛，界限，词源同 limit.引申比喻义接近完美的界限，升华，使高 尚。引申词义崇高的，壮观的。
- sublime:  Sublime was borrowed from Latin sublīmis ‘lofty, exalted’. This was a compound adjective formed from the prefix sub- ‘under’ and probably līmen ‘lintel, threshold’ (a relative of līmes ‘boundary’, from which English gets limit). Sub- here probably has the force of ‘up to’, so that the word denotes etymologically ‘as high as the top of a door’. The same elements were used in the 1880s to coin subliminal, as a direct rendering of the German psychological term unter der schwelle des bewusstseins ‘below the threshold of consciousness’.
- sublime (adj.)
- 1580s, "expressing lofty ideas in an elevated manner," from Middle French sublime (15c.), or directly from Latin sublimis "uplifted, high, borne aloft, lofty, exalted, eminent, distinguished," possibly originally "sloping up to the lintel," from sub "up to" + limen "lintel, threshold, sill" (see limit (n.)). The sublime (n.) "the sublime part of anything, that which is stately or imposing" is from 1670s. For Sublime Porte, former title of the Ottoman government, see Porte.
- 1. the book celebrated the sublime joys of physical love.
- 2. At times the show veered from the sublime to the ridiculous.
- 3. He displayed a sublime indifference to the distinction between right and wrong.
- 4. She elevated every rare small success to the sublime.
- 5. The administration's sublime incompetence is probably temporary.
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