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éminence grise

[French ey-mee-nahns greez]
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noun, plural é·mi·nences grises [French ey-mee-nahns greez] /French eɪ mi nɑ̃s ˈgriz/.
  1. gray eminence.
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Origin of éminence grise

From French
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Related Words for eminence grise

kingmaker, powerbroker, wire-puller

British Dictionary definitions for eminence grise

éminence grise

noun plural éminences grises (eminɑ̃s ɡriz)
  1. a person who wields power and influence unofficially or behind the scenes
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Word Origin for éminence grise

C19: literally: grey eminence, originally applied to Père Joseph (François Le Clerc du Tremblay; died 1638), French monk, secretary of Cardinal Richelieu
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eminence grise in Culture

éminence grise

[(ay-meh-nahns greez)]

A person who wields power behind the scenes: “The king's brother-in-law is his éminence grise; he has enormous influence, though he is rarely in the public eye.” A French term meaning “gray eminence.”

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