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English noun: sublimation

1. sublimation (event) (chemistry) a change directly from the solid to the gaseous state without becoming liquid

Broader (hypernym)shift, transformation, transmutation

Domain categorychemical science, chemistry

2. sublimation (event) (psychology) modifying the natural expression of an impulse or instinct (especially a sexual one) to one that is socially acceptable

Broader (hypernym)alteration, change, modification

Domain categorypsychological science, psychology

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