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I'm looking for an adjective that means lofty, intangible, hard to incorporate into every day life, not down-to-earth. It would describe an idea or concept.

ETA: Example of sentence I would use it in:

It's hard to feel strong emotions about something that is so __

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closed as general reference by Kit Z. Fox, z7sg Ѫ, Robusto, JSBձոգչ, Daniel Aug 3 '11 at 16:36

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Could you give us a sentence that shows the context you're using it in? – FrustratedWithFormsDesigner Aug 3 '11 at 16:07
Abstract or hypothetical would actually capture the meaning better, I think. – Daniel Aug 3 '11 at 16:37
Something about your avatar - "dmr 165" - weird. – Daniel Aug 3 '11 at 16:38
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I wouldn't say these are all the same, so here are some possibilities...

lofty -> noble

intangible -> ethereal, abstract, virtual

hard to incorporate into every day life -> intricate, complex

not down-to-earth -> out there, far out, bizarre, unusual, extraordinary

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Thanks! I'm going to go with ethereal. – dmr Aug 3 '11 at 16:20

Here are a few suggestions:

Elevated, grandiose, exalted, high-minded...

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My suggestion (Synonyms):

aerial, airy, high-rise, lifted, [raised, sky-high, skyscraping, skyward, soaring, spiring, tall, towering]

Hope this helps

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