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Origin of gray eminence
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What does gray eminence mean?
Gray eminence is a term for a person who wields power in an unofficial capacity or who influences things behind the scenes, mostly or completely out of public view.
The terms are usually used in the context of politics and are typically applied to someone who wields power through another person who holds an official position. The term often implies that the person is doing this secretly or in an unauthorized or otherwise shadowy way.
The terms are most often applied by the media or by those who are critical of such influence.
Example: The press is calling him a gray eminence and implying that he is the one orchestrating things behind the scenes.
Where does gray eminence come from?
The figurative use of the term éminence grise is first recorded in the 1900s. The first records of the translated version of the term, gray (or grey) eminence, come later, around the 1940s. The noun eminence refers to a position of high rank or status. It is often used as a way of addressing or referring to cardinals in the Catholic Church, as in your eminence or his eminence.
The term éminence grise was originally a nickname applied to Père Joseph, also known as François Leclerc du Tremblay. If you’ve never heard of him, that’s the point. He was the secretary and a confidential advisor of someone you probably have heard of: Cardinal Richelieu, who wielded a lot of political power in France in the 1600s. Père Joseph’s nickname was based on the fact that he was a monk who wore grayish-colored robes.
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- grey eminence (alternate spelling)
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How is gray eminence used in real life?
The term éminence grise is more commonly used than gray eminence. It was applied to Dick Cheney when he served as vice president under President George W. Bush, for example.
🎨🖌⚔️🏰📖🕯 L'Eminence Grise, 1873, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Jean-Léon Gérôme.
The gray eminence is a powerful decision-maker or adviser who operates "behind the scenes", or an unofficial capacity.
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— mary jo gibson (@maryjogibson) November 17, 2020
I'm certainly not a born leader, but I still think I could make a decent grey eminence.
— SeleniteAdam (@AdamSelenite) October 26, 2020
There you have it. Johnson is Prime Minister but the Grey Eminence is Cummings, without a doubt. He is now so bold he acts as if we had elected him. Unbelievable.
— Jon (@jayar1947) May 25, 2020
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It seems pretty obvious that there is a gray eminence making decisions in private, because the prime minister doesn’t seem capable of this type of political maneuvering.
How to use gray eminence in a sentence
I lie and nod my head yes while wiping the tears on my gray fleece sleeve.
Then the gift card is shopped online in a gray market to collect cold currency.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks|M.L. Nestel|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“He was an absolutely gray and insignificant personality,” says Kurnosova.
Caller: “He has a gray, gray coat with black sleeves and gray pants on.”The Cleveland Cops Who Fired 137 Shots and Cried Victim|Michael Daly|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her neon blue hair is teased high with a gray stripe emerging from the front.
All parties have borne testimony to the value of his services, and the eminence of his talents.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
He who has attained it grows giddy, and the fiercest winds are summoned to blow him from his eminence.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
Very trim and strong, and confident he looked, with the glow of youth in his cheeks, and the spark of happiness in his gray eyes.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
They nodded at each other when they met, and the gray man showed him a little ship with rigging that took up and down.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
Some hidden magnetism burst from him like an aura, and his cold pasty face and light gray eyes flamed into positive beauty.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton