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preeminence

or pre-eminence

[pree-em-uh-nuh ns] /priˈɛm ə nəns/
noun
1.
the state or character of being preeminent.
Origin of preeminence
1175-1225
First recorded in 1175-1225; Middle English word from Late Latin word praeēminentia. See preeminent, -ence
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  • It is not to be conceived how exact these people are in assigning the pre-eminence to the men.

    The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
  • But most men have never had the opportunity of attaining this pre-eminence of evil.

    Gorgias Plato
  • What gave you any pre-eminence above those that surround you?

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
  • Victoria has owed its past pre-eminence to its gold production.

  • Then, and not till then, will it be entitled to the pre-eminence.

    Popular Education Ira Mayhew
  • But it is within doors that the pre-eminence of my chimney is most manifest.

    I and My Chimney Herman Melville
  • One historian only gives him the pre-eminence that is undoubtedly his due.

  • He went over his vices in his mind, not knowing to which of them to give the pre-eminence.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
Word Origin and History for pre-eminence
n.

also pre-eminence, c.1200, from Late Latin praeeminentia "distinction, superiority," from Latin praeeminentem (nominative praeeminens), present participle of praeeminere "transcend, excel," literally "project forward, rise above," from prae "before" (see pre-) + eminere "stand out, project" (see eminent).

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