sublime

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from the sublime to the ridiculous

Fig. from something fine and uplifting to something ridiculous or mundane. After Mr. Jones had introduced my wife to his wife, he jokingly turned to introduce me and said, "From the sublime to the ridiculous." After the opera singer finished, the master of ceremonies introduced the comic juggler saying, "From the sublime to the ridiculous...."
See also: ridiculous, sublime

From the sublime to the ridiculous is only a step.

Prov. Something grand can easily become very funny. Bob, I don't think you should include a bowl of breakfast cereal in your still-life painting. From the sublime to the ridiculous is only a step. The production of Macbeth went from the sublime to the ridiculous when Lady Macbeth came onstage in an old army uniform.
See also: ridiculous, step, sublime

from the ridiculous to the sublime

See: from the sublime to the ridiculous
See also: ridiculous, sublime

from the sublime to the ridiculous

from something that is very good to something that is very bad or silly The performances at the festival ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Usage notes: also used in the form from the ridiculous to the sublime
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from the sublime to the ridiculous

from something that is very good or very serious to something that is very bad or silly The evening went from the sublime to the ridiculous, an hour-long piano recital followed by two hours of karaoke.
See also: ridiculous, sublime

from the sublime to the ridiculous

From the beautiful to the silly, from great to puny. For example, They played first Bach and then an ad jingle-from the sublime to the ridiculous. The reverse, from the ridiculous to the sublime, is used with the opposite meaning. Coined by Tom Paine in The Age of Reason (1794), in which he said the two are so closely related that it is but one step from one to the other, the phrase has been often repeated in either order.
See also: ridiculous, sublime