Definition of empyrean in English:


Pronunciation /ˌɛmpʌɪˈriːən/ /ˌɛmpɪˈriːən/ /ɛmˈpɪrɪən/


  • Relating to heaven or the sky.

    ‘the empyrean domain where human will and God's will became as one’
    ‘the empyrean heights of the imagination’
    • ‘Not only did the band's name prefigure the attacks, but so did the album's elegiac art work of angels tracing empyrean paths to a fiery orange heaven.’
    • ‘Electronics and haunting effects bring an empyrean stillness to the album's middle third.’
    • ‘But, not a drop of empyrean manna falls on my parched lips to assuage the thirst of aeons.’
    • ‘To emulate a human realistically, you don't have to realistically capture the empyrean majesty of our imaginations.’
    • ‘In America, or the more empyrean realm of art, few citizens were more senior than Al, none more youthful, cogent, articulate or productive.’
    divine, holy, celestial, godlike, godly, angelic, seraphic, cherubic, blessed, blest, beatific, immortal
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the empyrean
  • 1The highest part of heaven, thought by the ancients to be the realm of pure fire.

    ‘the unapproachable splendour of the empyrean’
    • ‘Someday it may even be possible for the soul of a skeptical scientist to orbit into the empyrean, carrying his karma with him, looking for a suitable body to be born into!’
    • ‘The Pro Arte Quartet (plus cellist Anthony Pini) contributes a C-major Quintet whose first two movements ensure the work's place in the empyrean.’
    • ‘Mark Antony well knew the mischief he aimed at, and sensed that his and Octavius's moment had come; all they needed to do was to mount Caesar's ghost and they would ride to the empyrean.’
    • ‘She genuinely, and far less self-interestedly than most, wanted to help propel young talent to the empyrean.’
    heaven, the heavens, the sky, the upper regions, the upper atmosphere, the stratosphere
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    1. 1.1literary The visible heavens; the sky.
      ‘we rose through the polluted air into the clear empyrean above’
      • ‘But the empyrean vault is little less crowded than before.’
      heaven, the heavens, the sky, the upper regions, the upper atmosphere, the stratosphere
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Late Middle English (as an adjective): via medieval Latin from Greek empurios, from en- ‘in’ + pur ‘fire’. The noun dates from the mid 17th century.



/ˌɛmpʌɪˈriːən/ /ˌɛmpɪˈriːən/ /ɛmˈpɪrɪən/