- chief in importance or impact; supreme; preeminent: a point of paramount significance.
- above others in rank or authority; superior in power or jurisdiction.
- a supreme ruler; overlord.
Origin of paramount
Antonyms for paramount
Related Words for paramountcycontrol, ascendance, preponderance, power, preeminence, government, predominance, influence, rule, supremacy, domination, command, dominion, sovereignty, prepotency, sway, ascendancy, authority
Examples from the Web for paramountcy
Historical Examples of paramountcy
With the appearance of British paramountcy at the Cape came a hint of law and order, of progress and its accompaniment—taxation.South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 1 (of 6)
He would have tolerated their “gentility nonsense” if they would have acknowledged his paramountcy.The Life of George Borrow
- of the greatest importance or significance; pre-eminent
- rare a supreme ruler
Word Origin for paramount
Word Origin and History for paramountcy
1530s, from Anglo-French paramont, Old French paramont "above" (in place, order, degree), mid-14c., from Old French par "by," from Latin per "through, for, by" (see per (prep.)) + amont "up," from a mont "upward" (see amount (v.)). The whole from Latin per ad montem, literally "to the hill."