Origin of eminence
Examples from the Web for eminence
“He was very bitter,” says longtime Granite State Republican eminence and former state attorney general Tom Rath.
The eminence was asked, the next morning, “Well, you've met the young Yeats— what did you think of him?”
Tayoun served almost three years, but remained an eminence on the Philadelphia political scene.Jill Kelley’s Campaign to Befriend Petraeus, Allen, and Other Top Brass|Michael Daly|November 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
“Mr. de la Renta is far more a hot dog than an eminence grise of American fashion” Horyn wrote in her review.Oscar de la Renta's Feud with Cathy Horyn, The Man Repeller's Empire Expands|The Daily Beast|September 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Forthwith a few examples, in no particular order of eminence.
It was laid out here to be used for the new surplice for His Eminence.Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays|Various
He is descended from a Family which has been of Eminence for a long time in this Electorate.The Memoirs of Charles-Lewis, Baron de Pollnitz, Volume I|Karl Ludwig von Pllnitz
Following Subhan, I advanced to intercept them, and gained an eminence overlooking their position which was in a grassy hollow.The Diary of a Hunter from the Punjab to the Karakorum Mountains|Augustus Henry Irby
Others, although but moderately endowed, have arrived at eminence by sheer persistence and rightly directed study.Style in Singing|W. E. Haslam
Would Your Eminence receive a man who is guilty of the death of his own son?The Gadfly|E. L. Voynich
Word Origin for eminence
noun plural -nences or -nencies
c.1400, "projection, protuberance;" early 15c., "high or exalted position," from Old French eminence or directly from Latin eminentia "prominence, eminence," from eminentem (nominative eminens) "excellent, prominent" (see eminent).
As a title of honor (now only of cardinals) it is attested from 1650s. The original Éminence grise (French, literally "gray eminence") was François Leclerc du Trembley (1577-1638), confidential agent of Richelieu.