Definition of pre-eminence in English:



mass noun
  • The fact of surpassing all others; superiority.

    ‘the Edinburgh Festival maintains its pre-eminence because of the quality of its programming’
    • ‘The close of the twentieth century probably heralded the end of gold's lustrous pre-eminence.’
    • ‘He alone has the pre-eminence.’
    • ‘In past single-party eras, the majority party earned its preeminence with broad popular support.’
    • ‘The county owed its distinctiveness and pre-eminence largely to one man, St Cuthbert.’
    • ‘By 1860, Virginia's former preeminence in coal production had vanished.’
    • ‘Mach, like Ostwald, also denied the pre-eminence of mechanical explanation.’
    • ‘Proponents say a package of tax breaks and research grants will help attract scientists and new companies to the state, preserving its preeminence in the field.’
    • ‘Defense officials and pundits alike have elevated this concept to preeminence in the discourse on future military structure.’
    • ‘The big supermarket chains claim that they have achieved their pre-eminence in Britain by providing people with what they want.’
    • ‘But he came comparatively late to the profession where he attained such pre-eminence.’
    • ‘It is a local pre-eminence that has been achieved with a style of football that won as many plaudits as points.’
    • ‘The double standard may be disputed by a few of these individuals, but not the preeminence of physical appeal.’
    • ‘Even more remarkable is the size of the American military preeminence.’
    • ‘He scored eight of Brazil's 18 goals to reassert his global pre-eminence on the most celebrated stage of all.’
    • ‘He came to understand if he pushed himself hard enough, he could eventually exert his physical preeminence.’
    • ‘The city ought to try to regain its preeminence in retailing by letting the big boxes in.’
    • ‘Even today, in the modern world, India retains its position of pre-eminence in spiritual leadership.’
    • ‘Still, broadcasters aren't ready to cede long-form pre-eminence to cable just yet.’
    • ‘It flourished until the last quarter of the 18th century, when neoclassicism gained preeminence in Latin America.’
    • ‘The pre-eminence of gold was helped by the discovery of gold in California, Canada, Alaska, Australia, and South Africa in the nineteenth century.’
    superiority, supremacy, greatness, excellence, distinction, prominence, predominance, eminence, peerlessness, transcendence, importance, prestige, stature, fame, renown, celebrity
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