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preeminent

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Definition high status due to widely acknowledged superiority
  • To remain a preeminent military power, a nation must be a preeminent economic power
  • made a fortune as a preeminent computer game designer
  • the preeminent cardiologist in New York
  • I suspect that AIDS might not be Nature's preeminent display of power.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • My one regret at this time is that I have not given Him the preeminence in my life while I had the opportunity to work for Him.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Aunt Bertha, Nathan, the rabbi, the cellar, Leo, the beads-all swooped upon him, warred for preeminence in his brain.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Even Josie Pye attained a certain preeminence as the sharpest-tongued young lady in attendance at Queen's.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • William Morse," a "friend of my dad's" and a "preeminent scholar of deviant sexuality in adolescents," be the junior class's speaker.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • No, replied the Little Giant, but "he is preeminently a man of the atmosphere that surrounds him."
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • Rémy's association with Sir Leigh Teabing—the preeminent Grail historian on earth—was going to bring Rémy everything he had ever dreamed of in life.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Dick started to cite its preeminence in the Revolutionary War, but this quickly led to a staggering amount of new material.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I and my year—not "my generation" for destiny now cut too finely for that old phrase—I and those of my year were preeminently eligible for that.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Ford's may be the city's preeminent stage, but business has been extremely slow this week.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • Scrubbing clothes on a washboard until her knuckles bled—that was the preeminent memory of Erma's childhood.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • Grantland Rice, the preeminent sportswriter in the country, accused him of gross overconfidence.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Lowe-arguably the world's preeminent all-around climber-was hired to be Sandy's personal guide, a job for which he was paid a substantial sum.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Away with those who assert that letters have the preeminence over arms; I will tell them, whosoever they may be, that they know not what they say.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • To these men bred on the desert keen sight was preeminently the chief of gifts.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • He was preeminently cunning, and could bide his time with a patience that was nothing less than primitive.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • The combination of a certain adroitness with deep-seated earnestness, of tact with consummate ability, gave him his preeminence, and helps him maintain it.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk

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