lofty

lofty
[[t]lɒ̱fti, AM lɔ͟ːf-[/t]]
loftier, loftiest
1) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A lofty ideal or ambition is noble, important, and admirable.

It was a bank that started out with grand ideas and lofty ideals...

Amid the chaos, he had lofty aims.

2) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A lofty building or room is very high. [FORMAL]

...a light, lofty apartment in the suburbs of Salzburg...

Victorian houses can seem cold with their lofty ceilings and rambling rooms.

3) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n (disapproval) If you say that someone behaves in a lofty way, you are critical of them for behaving in a proud and rather unpleasant way, as if they think they are very important.

...the lofty disdain he often expresses for his profession.

...lofty contempt.

Derived words:
loftily [[t]lɒ̱ftɪli, AM lɔ͟ːf-[/t]] ADV-GRADED usu ADV with v, ADV adj

`We supply financial information to selected clients,' Crook said loftily.

...loftily indifferent to the world outside.


English dictionary. 2008.

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