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paramount

[par-uh-mount] /ˈpær əˌmaʊnt/
adjective
1.
chief in importance or impact; supreme; preeminent:
a point of paramount significance.
2.
above others in rank or authority; superior in power or jurisdiction.
noun
3.
a supreme ruler; overlord.
Origin of paramount
1525-1535
1525-35; < Anglo-French paramont above, equivalent to par per- + a mont < Latin ad montem to the mountain, hence, in Old French: upward, above; see ad-, mount2
Related forms
paramountcy, noun
paramountly, adverb
superparamount, adjective
Can be confused
paramount, tantamount.
paramount, ultimate.
Synonyms
1. See dominant.
Antonyms
1. unimportant.
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  • She perceived that her duty was to tell some stories, in a case of this kind, wherein the end justified the means so paramountly.

    Cripps, the Carrier R. D. (Richard Doddridge) Blackmore
  • Whether the destiny was evil or good did not paramountly interest her.

    Hilda Lessways Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for paramountly

paramount

/ˈpærəˌmaʊnt/
adjective
1.
of the greatest importance or significance; pre-eminent
noun
2.
(rare) a supreme ruler
Derived Forms
paramountcy, noun
paramountly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: via Anglo-Norman from Old French paramont, from par by + -amont above, from Latin ad montem to the mountain
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Word Origin and History for paramountly

paramount

adj.

1530s, from Anglo-French paramont, Old French paramont "above" (in place, order, degree), mid-14c., from Old French par "by," from Latin per "through, for, by" (see per (prep.)) + amont "up," from a mont "upward" (see amount (v.)). The whole from Latin per ad montem, literally "to the hill."

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