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empyrean (ˌɛmpaɪˈriːən Pronunciation for empyrean



  1. (archaic) the highest part of the (supposedly spherical) heavens, thought in ancient times to contain the pure element of fire and by early Christians to be the abode of God and the angels
  2. (poetic) the heavens or sky


also: empyreal
  1. of or relating to the sky, the heavens, or the empyrean
  2. heavenly or sublime
  3. (archaic) composed of fire

Word Origin

C17: from Medieval Latin empyreus, from Greek empuros fiery, from pur fire


View thesaurus entry
= heavenly, refined, aerial, sublime, airy, celestial, ethereal, skylike
= heavens, firmament, upper atmosphere, azure, welkin, vault of heaven, rangi

Example Sentences Including 'empyrean'

As the light of the angels fades, just as the stars dim before dawn, Dante finally passes up to the empyrean , the highest heaven.
Peter Stanford HEAVEN: A Traveller's Guide to the Undiscovered Country (2002)


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