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preeminent

or pre-eminent

[pree-em-uh-nuh nt] /priˈɛm ə nənt/
adjective
1.
eminent above or before others; superior; surpassing:
He is preeminent in his profession.
Origin of preeminent
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin praeēminent- (stem of praeēminēns), present participle of praeēminēre to project forward, be prominent. See pre-, eminent
Related forms
preeminently, adverb
Synonyms
distinguished, peerless, supreme.
Synonym Study
See dominant.
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  • This meekness of wisdom Elder Knowles preeminently possessed.

    Gathering Jewels

    James Knowles and Matilda Darroch Knowles
  • And this is preeminently the case when the motion is downwards.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture

    Alexander Maclaren
  • He had long been preeminently distinguished as a negotiator.

  • All men appear to agree that marriage is preeminently woman's "sphere."

    Facts And Fictions Of Life Helen H. Gardener
  • As the dramatist is preeminently a painter of manners, many of his portraits are masterly.

    Iconoclasts

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  • Christianity arose in what was preeminently a miracle-working age.

    The Christ John Eleazer Remsburg
  • preeminently is this salt of the Dead Sea a savor of life and of death.

    The Covenant of Salt Henry Clay Trumbull
  • Of this epoch, Le Conte says, "It was preeminently an age of reptiles."

    Gospel Philosophy J. H. Ward
  • He was, indeed, as his own men described it, preeminently the "man behind the gun."

    Walking Shadows Alfred Noyes
  • It is preeminently a work of the present time and of the future as well.

    On Your Mark! Ralph Henry Barbour

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