Definition: possessing striking beauty or excellence

Derivation: French, “astonish”

• To experience sublime natural beauty is to confront the total inadequacy of language to describe what you see. Words cannot convey the scale of a view that is so stunning it is felt. — Eleanor Catton (1985-) New Zealand novelist & screenwriter.
• The human soul itself is quite ordinary, existing by the billions, and on a crowded street you pass souls a thousand times a minute. And yet within the soul is a graceful shining song more wonderful than the stunning cathedrals that stand over the countryside unique and alone. The simple songs are the best; they last into time as inviolably as the light. — Mark Helprin (1947-) Memoir From Antproof Case {1995}