empyrean

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin empȳreus, from Ancient Greek ἔμπυρος (émpuros), from ἐν (en, in) + πῦρ (pûr, fire) (English pyre).

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  • IPA(key): /ɛmˌpaɪˈriːn̩/, /ɛmˈpɪriən/

Noun[edit]

empyrean (plural empyreans)

  1. The region of pure light and fire; the highest heaven, where the pure element of fire was supposed by the ancients to exist: the same as the ether, the ninth heaven according to ancient astronomy.

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empyrean (not comparable)

  1. of the sky or the heavens; celestially refined
    • 1667, John Dryden, Annus Mirabilis
      In th’empyrean heaven, the bless’d abode, / The Thrones and the Dominions prostrate lie, / Not daring to behold their angry God.
    • 1700, Matthew Prior, Carmen Saeculare
      Yet upward she [the goddess] incessant flies; / Resolv’d to reach the high empyrean Sphere.
    • 1818, John Keats, Endymion
      Lispings empyrean will ii sometimes teach / Thine honeyed tongue.

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