empyrean (plural empyreans)
- (historical) The region of pure light and fire; the highest heaven, where the pure element of fire was supposed by the ancients to exist: the same as the ether, the ninth heaven according to ancient astronomy.
- 1864, Alfred Tennyson, “[Experiments] In Quantity”, in Enoch Arden, &c., London: Edward Moxon & Co., […], OCLC 879237670, page 174:
- Milton, a name to resound for ages; / Whose titan angels, Gabriel, Abdiel, / Starr'd from Jehovah's gorgeous armouries, / Tower, the deep-domed empyrëan / Rings to the roar of an angel onset— [...]
- 1908, G[ilbert] K[eith] Chesterton, “The Two Poets of Saffron Park”, in The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare, Bristol: J[ames] W[illiams] Arrowsmith, […]; London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Company Limited, OCLC 3716058, page 13:
- This particular evening, if it remembered for nothing else, will be remembered in that place for its strange sunset. [...] The whole was so close about the earth, as if to express nothing but a violent secrecy. The very empyrean seemed to be a secret.
empyrean (not comparable)
- Of the sky or the heavens; celestially refined.
- 1700, Matthew Prior, Carmen Saeculare
- Yet upward she [the goddess] incessant flies; / Resolv’d to reach the high empyrean Sphere.
the highest heaven
- empyrean in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1914