Hypertext Webster Gateway: "lofty"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Lofty \Loft"y\, a. [Compar. {Loftier}; superl. {Loftiest}.]
[From {Loft}.]
1. Lifted high up; having great height; towering; high.

See lofty Lebanon his head advance. --Pope.

2. Fig.: Elevated in character, rank, dignity, spirit,
bearing, language, etc.; exalted; noble; stately;
characterized by pride; haughty.

The high and lofty One, that inhabiteth eternity.
--Is. lvii.

Lofty and sour to them that loved him not. --Shak.

Himself to sing, and build the lofty rhyme.

Syn: Tall; high; exalted; dignified; stately; majestic;
sublime; proud; haughty. See {Tall}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

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},
3: having or displaying great dignity or nobility; "a gallant
pageant"; "lofty ships"; "majestic cities"; "proud alpine
peaks" [syn: {gallant}, {majestic}, {proud}]

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