sublime \ sə-ˈblīm \ adjective and verb
adjective: of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style
adjective: worthy of adoration or reverence
adjective: inspiring awe
adjective: lifted up or set high
verb: change or cause to change directly from a solid into a vapor without first melting
verb: vaporize and then condense right back again
The word sublime has appeared in 149 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on April 15 in “How a Burst of Light in the Sky Illuminated Something Primal” by Brooke Jarvis:
Not so very long ago, before our scientific era, it was a common experience to encounter, in the sky above us, troubling things that could not be explained, and to build myths and taboos and religions around them. Mark Twain, who was born when a certain comet passed by Earth, predicted that he would die when it returned. He wrote a whole book on the premise that a modern time-traveler who could forecast an eclipse would have been seen, in the past, as a terrifying magician. The Romantics distinguished between the merely beautiful and the truly sublime; the second was overwhelming, in part, because humans feared and could not understand what Edmund Burke called “the terrible uncertainty of the thing.”
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