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excellence

[ek-suh-luh ns] /ˈɛk sə ləns/
noun
1.
the fact or state of excelling; superiority; eminence:
his excellence in mathematics.
2.
an excellent quality or feature:
Use of herbs is one of the excellences of French cuisine.
3.
(usually initial capital letter) excellency (def 1).
Origin of excellence
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin excellentia. See excel, -ence
Related forms
superexcellence, noun
Synonyms
1. preeminence, transcendence, distinction. 2. merit, virtue.
Antonyms
2. inferiority.
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  • It was an animate statue to the excellence of good, clean living.

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  • I was surprised by the excellence of the hotel at which I was lodged.

  • His work in other kinds is of a very different order of excellence.

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  • But that is easily forgiven in consideration of the excellence of the matter.

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  • This excellence may be one of proportion or one of many other kinds.

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British Dictionary definitions for excellence

excellence

/ˈɛksələns/
noun
1.
the state or quality of excelling or being exceptionally good; extreme merit; superiority
2.
an action, characteristic, feature, etc, in which a person excels
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Word Origin and History for excellence
n.

mid-14c., from Old French excellence, from Latin excellentia, from excellentem (see excellent).

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