empyrean
I. adjective Date: 15th century empyreal II. noun Date: circa 1610 1. a. the highest heaven or heavenly sphere in ancient and medieval cosmology usually consisting of fire or light b. the true and ultimate heavenly paradise 2. firmament, heavens 3. an ideal place or state

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  • Empyrean — Empyrean, from the Medieval Latin empyreus , an adaptation of the Ancient Greek, in or on the fire ( pyr ) , properly Empyrean Heaven, is the place in the highest heaven, which in ancient cosmologies was supposed to be occupied by the element of… …   Wikipedia

  • Empyrean — Em py*re an (?; 277), n. [See {Empyreal}.] The highest heaven, where the pure element of fire was supposed by the ancients to subsist. [1913 Webster] The empyrean rung With hallelujahs. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • empyrean — literary ► NOUN (the empyrean) ▪ heaven or the sky. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to heaven. ORIGIN Greek empurios (used by the ancients to refer to the highest part of heaven, thought to be the realm of pure fire), from pur fire …   English terms dictionary

  • Empyrean — Em py*re an, a. Empyreal. Akenside. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • empyrean — mid 14c. (as empyre), from Gk. empyros fiery, from en (see EN (Cf. en ) (2)) + pyr fire (see FIRE (Cf. fire) (n.)); confused by early writers with imperial. In Greek cosmology, the highest heaven, the sphere of pure fire; later baptized with a… …   Etymology dictionary

  • empyrean — empyrean, empyreal *celestial, heavenly …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • empyrean — [em pir′ē ən; em΄pī rē′ən, em΄pərē′ən] n. [see EMPYREAL & AN] 1. the highest heaven; specif., a) among the ancients, the sphere of pure light or fire b) among Christian poets, the abode of God 2. the sky; the celestial vault; firmament adj …   English World dictionary

  • Empyrean — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Empyrean peut désigner : Le Warp (Warhammer 40,000), une notion fondamentale dans l univers de Warhammer 40,000. The Empyrean, le dixième album solo… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • empyrean — 1. noun 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. So sung they, and the Empyrean rung, /… …   Wiktionary

  • empyrean — [ˌɛmpʌɪ ri:ən, pɪ , ɛm pɪrɪən] adjective literary relating to heaven. noun (the empyrean) the highest part of heaven, thought by the ancients to be the realm of pure fire. ↘literary the sky. Derivatives empyreal ˌɛmpʌɪ ri:əl, pɪ …   English new terms dictionary

  • empyrean — n. & adj. n. 1 the highest heaven, as the sphere of fire in ancient cosmology or as the abode of God in early Christianity. 2 the visible heavens. adj. of the empyrean. Derivatives: empyreal adj. Etymology: med.L empyreus f. Gk empurios (as EN… …   Useful english dictionary

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