Meaning of SUBLIMATION in English

ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˈmāshən noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English sublimacion act or process of subliming, from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French sublimation, from Medieval Latin sublimation-, sublimatio, from sublimatus (past participle of sublimare to sublime) + Latin -ion-, -io -ion

1. : the act or process of sublimating: as

a. : the act or process or an instance of subliming of a chemical entity — compare distillation 1, evaporation 1a


[Late Latin sublimation-, sublimatio act of raising, from Latin sublimatus (past participle of sublimare to raise, lift up) + -ion-, -io -ion; translation of German sublimierung ]

: discharge of instinctual energy and especially that associated with pre genital impulses through socially approved activities


a. : a product of sublimating

b. : the condition of being sublimated

• sub·li·ma·tion·al | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷|māshən ə l, -shnəl adjective

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