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ADJECTIVE (3)

1. of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style;
- Example: "an exalted ideal"
- Example: "argue in terms of high-flown ideals"- Oliver Franks
- Example: "a noble and lofty concept"
- Example: "a grand purpose"
[syn: exalted, elevated, sublime, grand, high-flown, high-minded, lofty, rarefied, rarified, idealistic, noble-minded]

2. of imposing height; especially standing out above others;
- Example: "an eminent peak"
- Example: "lofty mountains"
- Example: "the soaring spires of the cathedral"
- Example: "towering icebergs"
[syn: eminent, lofty, soaring, towering]

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


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Lofty \Loft"y\, a. [Compar. Loftier; superl. Loftiest.] [From Loft.] 1. Lifted high up; having great height; towering; high. [1913 Webster] See lofty Lebanon his head advance. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: Elevated in character, rank, dignity, spirit, bearing, language, etc.; exalted; noble; stately; characterized by pride; haughty. [1913 Webster] The high and lofty One, that inhabiteth eternity. --Is. lvii. 15. [1913 Webster] Lofty and sour to them that loved him not. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Himself to sing, and build the lofty rhyme. --Milton. Syn: Tall; high; exalted; dignified; stately; majestic; sublime; proud; haughty. See Tall. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

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"; "a grand purpose" [syn: exalted, elevated, sublime, grand, high-flown, high-minded, lofty, 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 icebergs" [syn: eminent, lofty, soaring, towering] 3: having or displaying great dignity or nobility; "a gallant pageant"; "lofty ships"; "majestic cities"; "proud alpine peaks" [syn: gallant, lofty, majestic, proud]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

248 Moby Thesaurus words for "lofty": Gongoresque, Johnsonian, Olympian, aerial, affected, aggrandized, airy, altitudinous, ambitious, analytic, analytical, apotheosized, aristocratic, arrogant, ascending, aspiring, august, awesome, beatified, bedizened, benevolent, big, big-sounding, bighearted, blue-blooded, brand, candid, canonized, cavalier, celebrated, chivalrous, classy, clear, cogent, colossal, compelling, condescending, consequent, considerate, contemptuous, contumelious, convincing, convoluted, declamatory, deified, detached, dignified, discriminating, disdainful, disinterested, dispassionate, distinguished, dominating, domineering, elevated, eloquent, eminent, ennobled, enshrined, enthroned, erect, ethereal, euphuistic, exalted, excellent, famous, fancy, flamboyant, flaming, flashy, flaunting, flossy, fulsome, garish, gaudy, generous, glorified, glorious, godlike, grand, grandiloquent, grandiose, grandisonant, grave, great, great of heart, greathearted, handsome, haughty, held in awe, heroic, high, high and mighty, high-and-mighty, high-faluting, high-flowing, high-flown, high-flying, high-headed, high-minded, high-nosed, high-pitched, high-reaching, high-set, high-sounding, high-toned, high-up, highfalutin, highfaluting, hoity-toity, honorable, honored, idealistic, illustrious, immortal, immortalized, impartial, imperial, impersonal, imposing, inkhorn, insolent, inspiring, intelligent, knightly, labyrinthine, largehearted, lauded, leading, lexiphanic, liberal, lifted, logical, logo, logotype, lucid, lurid, magisterial, magnanimous, magnificent, magnified, magniloquent, majestic, meretricious, mighty, monumental, mounting, moving, neutral, noble, noble-minded, notable, on stilts, openhanded, orotund, ostentatious, outtopping, overbearing, overdone, overelaborate, overinvolved, overlooking, overtopping, overweening, overwrought, patronizing, pedantic, perspicuous, pompous, pretentious, princely, prominent, proud, purse-proud, raised, rampant, ratiocinative, rational, reasonable, regal, renowned, respected, rhetorical, sainted, sanctified, scornful, selfless, sensational, sensationalistic, sensible, sententious, serious, showy, shrined, skyscraping, snobbish, snooty, snotty, soaring, solemn, sonorous, sound, spiring, stately, steep, stilted, stuck-up, sublime, subtle, superb, supercilious, supereminent, superior, superlative, supernal, tall, telling, thoroughbred, throned, tony, topless, toplofty, topping, tortuous, towering, towery, trademark, unbiased, uninfluenced, unselfish, unswayed, upcast, upflung, uplifted, uppish, uppity, upraised, upreared, upright, upstage, upthrown, utopian, vainglorious, valid, vaunting, venerable, visionary, weighty