Preeminence : Definition

Preeminence

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Definitions of Preeminence

Pronunciation : Pre*ëm"i*nence
Part of Speech : n.
Etymology : [F. pré\'82minence, L. praeeminentia. See Preëminent.]
Definition : Defn: The quality or state of being preëminent; superiority in prominence or in excellence; distinction above others in quality, rank, etc.; rarely, in a bad sense, superiority or notoriety in evil; as, preëminence in honor. The preëminence of Christianity to any other religious scheme. Addison. Painful preëminence! yourself to view Above life's weakness, and its comforts too. Pope. Beneath the forehead's walled preëminence. Lowell.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

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