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eminent
used in Moby Dick

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standing above others in attainment or reputation
  • Nor is the pre-eminent tremendousness of the great Sperm Whale anywhere more feelingly comprehended, than on board of those prows which stem him.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (29% in)
  • If a stranger were introduced into any miscellaneous metropolitan society, it would but slightly advance the general opinion of his merits, were he presented to the company as a harpooneer, say; and if in emulation of the naval officers he should append the initials S.W.F. (Sperm Whale Fishery) to his visiting card, such a procedure would be deemed pre-eminently presuming and ridiculous.
    Chapters 22-24 -- Merry Christmas; The Lee Shore; The Advocate (58% in)
  • ...in the royal standard; and the Hanoverian flag bearing the one figure of a snow-white charger; and the great Austrian Empire, Caesarian, heir to overlording Rome, having for the imperial colour the same imperial hue; and though this pre-eminence in it applies to the human race itself, giving the white man ideal mastership over every dusky tribe; and though, besides, all this, whiteness has been even made significant of gladness, for among the Romans a white stone marked a joyful...
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (62% in)

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