Sublime joined the English language via Middle French. Latin in form, it came from the word sublimis “uplifted, high, lofty,” composed of sub “up to, under, below” prefixed to the word limen, meaning “lintel, threshold, doorway” or perhaps “limit.” Literally, the word meant “sloping up to the lintel” or “underneath the lintel.” Figuratively, we could speculate that sublimis referred to the feelings stirred up in a worshipper when he crossed the threshold into his temple.

Thus, etymologically, the sublime is what we experience in the presence of our god.

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