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an illustrious achievement
  famous and admired; or worthy of admiration
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illustrious illustriously illustriousness
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  • an illustrious achievement
  • We saw a great painting on the wall over their heads, of the twenty illustrious men who had invented the candle.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • I knew he was feeling that this was just one more time when he failed to live up to his illustrious father’s expectations.
    Jim Stovall  --  The Ultimate Gift
  • You wanna know about the illustrious Adam Wilde?
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went

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  • I, on the other hand, was educated on a grand estate, the seventh pup of the seventh pup in an illustrious line of hunting dogs.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • They implied illustrious forebears, perhaps on the mother’s side.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Puller had joined the military on the tail end of his father’s illustrious career.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • A farmer’s son serving in the 1st North Carolina Infantry wrote to his father during another period of Confederate reverses: "Instead of indulging in feelings of despondency let us compare our situation and cause to those of our illustrious ancestors who achieved the liberties we have ever enjoyed and for which we are now contending."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Of an author of the stature of John O’Hara (although I had far more illustrious literary idols, O’Hara represented for me the kind of writer a young editor might go out and get drunk with) there was no trace.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "Is the I for ’illustrious’ or perhaps ’impertinent’?"
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains

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  • The more illustrious of Colum’s tacksmen and tenants were housed in the castle proper, while the poorer men-at-arms and cottars set up camp on a fallow field below the stream that fed the castle’s loch.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Once it was back in my hands, I had a paper trail to show it had been part of the illustrious So-and-So collection.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • C#2 GROWING UP A SAUMENSCH Yes, an illustrious career.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • We visited the tomb of the illustrious Hampden and the field on which that patriot fell.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Oh, we talked of the illustrious dead of whom that magnificent ruin is a glorious monument!
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Over the fireplace in the drawing room hung a large old painting of what was not but looked like an illustrious ancestor.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • I took the precious case into my hands and looked in some perplexity from it to my illustrious client.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • No, he would be a soldier, and return after long years, all war-worn and illustrious.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • You keep surprisingly illustrious company, Shadowhunter.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • In short, the house in Saville Row, which must have been a very temple of disorder and unrest under the illustrious but dissipated Sheridan, was cosiness, comfort, and method idealised.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Faukman no doubt had heard some wild book ideas in his illustrious career, but this one seemed to have left the man flabbergasted.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • That’s the home of our illustrious vegetable and herb garden.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • One night I happened to get into the company of an illustrious, but banished Prince, whose company and virtues were such as made me to propose to him a method how he might obtain his liberty.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • They and Guido Guerra were illustrious citizens of Florence in the thirteenth century.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • As she named the Empress, Anna Pavlovna’s face suddenly assumed an expression of profound and sincere devotion and respect mingled with sadness, and this occurred every time she mentioned her illustrious patroness.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Have you heard what glory young Orestes won when he cut down that two-faced man, Aigisthos, for killing his illustrious father?
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Your daughter Elizabeth, it is presumed, will not long bear the name of Bennet, after her elder sister has resigned it, and the chosen partner of her fate may be reasonably looked up to as one of the most illustrious personages in this land.’
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • As soon as his illustrious eminence, the cardinal, arrives, we will begin.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Really, for a man who had been out of practice for so many years, it was a splendid laugh, a most illustrious laugh.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • No. Neither that illustrious England nor that august Germany enter into the problem of Waterloo.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I would have received the Governor General’s Academic Medal, the University of Toronto’s highest undergraduate award, of which no small number of illustrious Canadians have been recipients, were it not for a beef-eating pink boy with a neck like a tree trunk and a temperament of unbearable good cheer.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Mrs Cooper Oakley once glimpsed our very illustrious sister H.P.B.’s elemental.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • If he considered her good enough to bring into the home of his friends, she thought-the illustrious friends whose names she had seen on the inaccessible mountain peaks that were the society columns of the newspapers-she could not embarrass him by wearing her old dress.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • An illustrious person sends you; an illustrious person awaits you.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Mademoiselle Cunegonde, the illustrious Westphalian, sprung from a family that could prove seventy-one quarterings, descends and descends until we find her earning her keep by washing dishes in the Propontis.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Unsure how to act in the company of a divine presence, this living reincarnation of an ancient and illustrious lama, I was terrified of unwittingly giving offense or committing some irredeemable faux pas.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Your father was saying to-day that he’d had an invitation from your illustrious relative.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • This was bad enough; but, as the philosophic Dane observes, with that universal applicability which distinguishes the illustrious ornament of the Elizabethan Era, worse remains behind!
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • When the illustrious maidens were gone, Tom turned wearily to his keepers and said— "May it please your lordships to grant me leave to go into some corner and rest me?"
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • He was not only the city’s oldest and most illustrious physician, he was also its most fastidious man.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • At this time she had a cult for Mary Stuart and enthusiastic veneration for illustrious or unhappy women.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • He came of an old and illustrious Spanish family and you remember that he was one of the first followers of saint Ignatius.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Out of his waistcoat, as usual, grows a tree, on the main branches of which the above illustrious names are inscribed.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Had there been a Papist among the crowd of Puritans, he might have seen in this beautiful woman, so picturesque in her attire and mien, and with the infant at her bosom, an object to remind him of the image of Divine Maternity, which so many illustrious painters have vied with one another to represent; something which should remind him, indeed, but only by contrast, of that sacred image of sinless motherhood, whose infant was to redeem the world.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • By degrees, the observer came to feel nearly as much interest in this chicken of illustrious race as the mother-hen did.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Whatever I, Sandra Isabel Garcia de la Torre, was, personally, was as a dolly on wheels to roll that illustrious de la Torre name from social gathering to social gathering.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • This generation inclines a little to congratulate itself on being the last of an illustrious line; and in Boston and London and Paris and Rome, thinking of its long descent, it speaks of its progress in art and science and literature with satisfaction.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • The afternoon wore on with more anecdotes about illustrious wizards Slughorn had taught, all of whom had been delighted to join what he called the "Slug Club" at Hogwarts.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Drink, most illustrious, take your glass!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Bill, his once illustrious shoulder-length blond curls now graying, cut short, and tucked under a baseball cap, makes a mock wounded face and Bernadine laughs heartily, as does Harriet Beinfeld, Bear’s mom.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
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