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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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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 excellences

excellence

n.

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

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