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preeminence

or pre-em·i·nence

[pree-em-uh-nuh ns]
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noun
  1. the state or character of being preeminent.
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Origin of preeminence

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English word from Late Latin word praeēminentia. See preeminent, -ence
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Related Words

supremacypredominancedominationascendancyprestigesuperioritygreatnesscontrolascendancepreponderancepowergovernmentinfluencerulecommandauthoritysovereigntyprepotencyswayparamountcy

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Historical Examples

  • He it was whom God created first, let him take the preeminence.

    Olive

    Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)

  • Consider, then, the preeminence of the old world, that perished in the flood.

  • His preeminence in South Carolina during his life has not ceased with his death.

  • And so the King gat the preeminence, that he had his first electioun.

  • But this position was rather a preeminence of toil and peril than of dignity and honour.

    The Catacombs of Rome

    William Henry Withrow