To turn aside an instinctual, perhaps primitive, impulse in favor of a more socially or culturally acceptable activity.
anything that does not involve transforming from something unfavorable to something acceptable.
a) Frank Costanza was advised to sublimate his anger by repeating the phrase, "serenity now."
b) Many great pieces of artwork are created through sublimation.
c) After his boss humiliated him in front of his coworkers, he sublimated his aggressive impulses by breaking his boss's nose.
d) Van Gogh is said to have sublimated his grief by painting.