Origin of excellence
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1. preeminence, transcendence, distinction. 2. merit, virtue.
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Examples from the Web for excellences
But these excellences, though found in a hareem, will not fuse, as in a poem or a picture.The Book of Khalid
Suppose then, I said, that we determine how far they can unite this and the other excellences.The Republic
Each one extols with words and gestures the excellences of his boat.From Pole to Pole
Sven Anders Hedin
It is not our intention to characterise his excellences as a composer.
All in vain, however, did he point out the excellences of his work.About Peggy Saville
Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
- the state or quality of excelling or being exceptionally good; extreme merit; superiority
- an action, characteristic, feature, etc, in which a person excels
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Word Origin and History for excellences
mid-14c., from Old French excellence, from Latin excellentia, from excellentem (see excellent).
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