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Sublimation


SUBLIMATION, noun

1. The operation of bringing a solid substance into the state of vapor by heat, and condensing it again into a solid by cold. sublimation bears the same relation to a solid, that distillation does to a liquid. Both processes purify the substances to which they are severally applied, by separating them from the fixed and grosser matters with which they are connected.

2. Exaltation; elevation; act of highthening or improving.

Religion, the perfection, refinement and sublimation of morality.