lofty

loftily, adv.loftiness, n.
/lawf"tee, lof"-/, adj., loftier, loftiest.
1. extending high in the air; of imposing height; towering: lofty mountains.
2. exalted in rank, dignity, or character; eminent.
3. elevated in style, tone, or sentiment, as writings or speech.
4. arrogantly or condescendingly superior in manner; haughty: to treat someone in a lofty manner.
5. Naut. noting a rig of a sailing ship having extraordinarily high masts.
6. (of fabric or yarn) thick and resilient.
[1400-50; late ME; see LOFT, -Y1]
Syn. 1. elevated. See high. 3. sublime. 4. supercilious.
Ant. 2. lowly. 4. humble.

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