- the highest point; summit; peak: The empire was at the acme of its power.
Origin of acme
First recorded in 1610–20, acme is from the Greek word akmḗ point, highest point, extremity
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- the culminating point, as of achievement or excellence; summit; peak
Word Origin for acme
C16: from Greek akmē
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"highest point," 1560s, from Greek akme "(highest) point, edge; peak of anything," from PIE root *ak- "sharp" (see acrid). Written in Greek letters until c.1620. The U.S. grocery store chain was founded 1891 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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