29 June 2010

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sublimate [ˈsʌblɪˌmeɪt]

vb
1. (Psychology) to direct the energy of (a primitive impulse, esp a sexual one) into activities that are considered to be socially more acceptable
2. (tr) to make purer; refine
n
(Chemistry) the material obtained when a substance is sublimed
To cause (a solid or gas) to change state without becoming a liquid.

adj
exalted or purified


[from Latin sublīmāre to elevate, from sublīmis lofty; see sublime]

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