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preeminent
used in Middlemarch

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outstanding or surpassing others in status, ability, or possession of a notable characteristic
  • No one quicker than Rosamond to see causes and effects which lay within the track of her own tastes and interests: she had seen clearly Lydgate's preeminence in Middlemarch society, and could go on imaginatively tracing still more agreeable social effects when his talent should have advanced him; but for her, his professional and scientific ambition had no other relation to these desirable effects than if they had been the fortunate discovery of an ill-smelling oil.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (49% in)

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