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