pre-eminence

pre-eminence
n.
Superiority, supremacy, precedence, priority of place, excellence, supreme excellence, commanding position.

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  • pre-eminence — (n.) also pre eminence, c.1200, from L.L. praeminentia distinction, superiority (5c.), from L. praeeminens, prp. of praeeminere project forward, rise above, excel, from prae before (see PRE (Cf. pre )) + eminere stand out, project (see EMINENT… …   Etymology dictionary

  • pre-eminence — pre eminent ► ADJECTIVE ▪ surpassing all others. DERIVATIVES pre eminence noun pre eminently adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • pre-eminence — pre em·i·nence$10$ || ‚prɪː emɪnÉ™ns superiority, advantage, predominance …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pre-eminence — See: pre eminent …   English dictionary

  • pre-eminence — /pri ˈɛmənəns/ (say pree emuhnuhns) noun the state or character of being pre eminent …  

  • pre-eminence — n supremacy, distinction, excellence, fame, prestige, renown, repute, predominance, prominence, superiority, incomparability, peerlessness, matchlessness, paramountcy, transcendence …   Useful english dictionary

  • pre-eminence of man — advantage of man over the animal kingdom, supremacy of man over all other living creatures …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pre-eminent — (adj.) also preeminent, early 15c., from L. praeeminentem, prp. of praeeminare to project forward, rise above (see PRE EMINENCE (Cf. pre eminence)). Related: Pre eminently; preeminently …   Etymology dictionary

  • pre-eminent — pre em|i|nent preeminent [priˈemınənt] adj much more important, more powerful, or better than any others of its kind ▪ his pre eminent position in society >pre eminently adv >pre eminence n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pre-eminent — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ surpassing all others. DERIVATIVES pre eminence noun pre eminently adverb …   English terms dictionary

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