Definition of acme in US English:



  • The point at which someone or something is best, perfect, or most successful.

    ‘physics is the acme of scientific knowledge’
    • ‘Whether he has plummeted, reached the acme or is in a spiritual limbo is for him to decide.’
    • ‘McNab says the game has come to represent the acme of upmarket aspiration for the elite decision-makers of business, sports, finance, politics and showbiz.’
    • ‘Civil war, revolution, terrorism, and international war are widely condemned by many societies and glorified by others as the acme of patriotic fervor.’
    • ‘He gets a job working for IBM, the acme of corporate, conformist paternalism, the antithesis of bohemianism.’
    • ‘The first efforts of the papacy to increase its power and restore its prestige coincided with the acme of the Patriarch in Constantinople around the eleventh century.’
    • ‘And until we do the same, we shall forever be trapped within the prison-house of our preferences, by our Darwinian sense that youth, vigour and health represent the prime of life and the acme of desirability.’
    • ‘The MBA is the acme of middle class parental ambition and student dreams, but as a post-graduate qualification it is a peculiar case.’
    • ‘Suddenly the already tragically passé dress that nobody bought because it was, is and ever shall be completely hideous, becomes the acme of desirability because it's got money off.’
    • ‘She is the acme of generosity, wanting to know if I've a sweetheart so she can give her some jewellery, and which Broadway show I'd like to see.’
    • ‘Within a few years, he established a reputation as a first class tailor, and at 17 he decided to leave for the United Kingdom in an audacious attempt to make a reputation on Saville Row, the international acme of sartorial elegance.’
    • ‘With 4500 seats, it represented the acme of movie-going, with double seats for courting couples, uniformed doormen and waitresses in two restaurants dressed as Dresden shepherdesses.’
    • ‘Bright kids from the right side of the tracks go head to head with poorer ones and second-generation ethnic youngsters for whom the spelling bee represents the acme of their parents' study-hard work ethic.’
    • ‘Are neatly-kept lawns the acme of suburban aspiration?’
    • ‘Britain, he declared, and British laws and achievements, were the acme of human civilization.’
    • ‘His poetry is no more the acme of dialectical evolution than it is the culmination of the ‘decline’ perceived by Bloom.’
    • ‘He last worked with them on Born in the USA, an extraordinarily bombastic album that still represents the acme of 1980s stadium rock.’
    • ‘In his development of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in a quarter-century of Warner Bros. cartoons, Chuck reached and raised the acme of comic animation.’
    • ‘To achieve these effects is undoubtedly the acme of military skill.’
    • ‘The teardrop shape shared by the stacks and the pitcher, the acme of streamlining in nature, is dramatized by the slender handle that extends from the mouth to the base in a single uninterrupted curve.’
    • ‘It is the acme of romanticism; I devoted most of a year's worth of high school study halls to it, along with all of the volumes of Dumas's Three Musketeers series, which I inherited from my grandmother.’
    summit, top, crest, pinnacle, mountaintop, spire, heights, brow, apex, crown, tip, cap, vertex, zenith, apogee
    peak, pinnacle, zenith, highest point, high point, crown, crest, summit, top, tip, apex, apogee
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Late 16th century: from Greek akmē ‘highest point’. Until the 18th century it was often consciously used as a Greek word and written in Greek letters.