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Definition outstanding or surpassing others in status, ability, or possession of a notable characteristic
  • I think of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra as the world's most preeminent orchestra.
preeminent = surpassing all others
  • She is the preeminent cardiologist in New York.
  • preeminent = most respected
  • It is my preeminent concern.
  • preeminent = above all others
  • To remain a preeminent military power, a nation must be a preeminent economic power.
  • preeminent = leading
  • She made a fortune as a preeminent computer game designer.
  • preeminent = leading
  • The destination of the Thrush must be now preeminently interesting.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • preeminently = above all else
  • Scrubbing clothes on a washboard until her knuckles bled—that was the preeminent memory of Erma's childhood.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • preeminent = above all others
  • 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.  [a mass assault against suicidally-defended Japan]
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • preeminently = in a manner that surpassed others
  • My reasoning, if one can call it that, was inflamed by the scattershot passions of youth and a literary diet overly rich in the works of Nietzsche, Kerouac, and John Menlove Edwards, the latter a deeply troubled writer and psychiatrist who, before putting an end to his life with a cyanide capsule in 1958, had been one of the preeminent British rock climbers of the day.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • preeminent = outstanding
  • It was preeminently the smell of the human body after it had been used to the limit, such a smell as has meaning and poignance for any athlete, just as it has for any lover.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • preeminently = above all else
  • Will not you engage to attend with your eyes steadily fixed on him the whole time—as I shall do—not to lose a word; or only looking off just to note down any sentence preeminently beautiful?
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • preeminently = in a manner that surpasses others in status, ability, or possession of a notable characteristic
  • He was in high spirits, doing everything with happy ease, and preeminent in all the lively turns, quick resources, and playful impudence that could do honour to the game; and the round table was altogether a very comfortable contrast to the steady sobriety and orderly silence of the other.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • preeminent = surpassing others
  • 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

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