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lofty adj
1 of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style; "an exalted ideal"; "argue in terms of high-flown ideals"- Oliver Franks; "a noble and lofty concept" [syn: exalted, high-flown, high-minded, rarefied, rarified, idealistic, noble-minded]
2 of imposing height; especially standing out above others; "an eminent peak"; "lofty mountains"; "the soaring spires of the cathedral"; "towering iceburgs" [syn: eminent, soaring, towering]
3 having or displaying great dignity or nobility; "a gallant pageant"; "lofty ships"; "majestic cities"; "proud alpine peaks" [syn: gallant, majestic, proud] [also: loftiest, loftier]

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English

Etymology

, noble, from loft, upstairs room, sky.

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. high, tall, having great height or stature
    a lofty bed
  2. idealistic, implying over-optimism
    a lofty goal

Translations

high (1)
  • Finnish: korkea
  • German: hoch, luftig (almost exclusively in the form "in luftiger Höhe" [in lofty height])
  • Italian: maestoso
  • Korean: 높다 (nopda)
  • Polish: wysoki
  • Portuguese: magestoso
idealistic (2)

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