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ethereal

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Let the first impulse pass, wait for the second.
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Etymology

from Latin aetherius, from Ancient Greek αἰθέριος

Pronunciation

Adjective

ethereal (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
ethereal

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  1. Pertaining to the hypothetical upper, purer air, or to the higher regions beyond the earth or beyond the atmosphere; celestial; otherworldly; as, ethereal space; ethereal regions.
    • 1667: Milton, Paradise Lost, book VII
      Go, heavenly guest, ethereal messenger.
    • 1862: Thoreau, Walking.
      I trust that we shall be more imaginative, that our thoughts will be clearer, fresher, and more ethereal, as our sky,...
  2. Consisting of ether; hence, exceedingly light or airy; tenuous; spiritlike; characterized by extreme delicacy, as form, manner, thought, etc.
    • 1733: Pope, An Essay on Man
      Vast chain of being, which from God began, Natures ethereal, human, angel, man.
  3. Delicate, light and airy.

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References

ethereal” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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