American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A position of great distinction or superiority: rose to eminence as a surgeon.
- n. A rise of ground; a hill.
- n. A person of high station or great achievements.
- n. Roman Catholic Church Used with His or Your as a title and form of address for a cardinal.
- n. A projection or protuberance from the surface of a body part, especially a bone.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A part rising or projecting beyond the rest or above the surface; something protuberant or prominent; a projection: as, the eminences on or in an animal body. See phrases below, and eminentia.
- n. Specifically A conspicuous place or situation; a prominent position; especially, a hill or height of ground affording a wide view.
- n. Elevation as regards rank, worth, accomplishment, etc.; exalted station or repute; more generally, a high degree of distinction in any respect, good or bad: as, to attain eminence in a profession, or in the annals of crime.
- n. Supreme degree.
- n. In the Roman Catholic Church, a title of honor attached by a consistorial decree of 1630 exclusively to cardinals and to the master of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem: usually with a capital.
- n. Synonyms Height, elevation.
- n. someone of high rank, reputation or social station
- n. the quality or state of being eminent
- n. prominence in a particular order or accumulation; esteem
- n. geology an elevated land area or a hill
- n. anatomy a protuberance
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. That which is eminent or lofty; a high ground or place; a height.
- n. An elevated condition among men; a place or station above men in general, either in rank, office, or celebrity; social or moral loftiness; high rank; distinction; preferment.
- n. A title of honor, especially applied to a cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church.
- n. a protuberance on a bone especially for attachment of a muscle or ligament
- n. high status importance owing to marked superiority
- From the Latin ēminēntia ("prominence”, “protuberance”; “eminence”, “excellence"). (Wiktionary)
“The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as a combination of sacred music and words, it forms a necessary or integral part of solemn liturgy.”
“In Asia today, the source of America's strategic pre-eminence is not just the dominance of the Seventh Fleet but strong regional support for a continued U.S. presence.”
“At the same time, though, they understood that the campaign to achieve and maintain eminence continued well beyond the grave.”
“The other question that seems to dispute pre-eminence is the Irish question.”
“This pre-eminence is particularly noticeable at two points of time, in the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries.”
“They did not have such a lofty relative position compared with England and Germany, as in the seventeenth century, but the absolute eminence is unquestioned.”
“Its pre-eminence is due neither to the greatness of its dimensions nor to the splendour of its materials.”
“His career teaches young men that every position of eminence is open before the diligent and the worthy.”
“The death of the Rev.S. W. Bonney, of Canton, an American missionary of great eminence, is announced.”
“Between the glory of Christ and that of the highest creatures, the angels; where the pre-eminence is justly given to the Lord Jesus Christ, and clearly demonstrated to belong to him, ver. 4, to the end.”
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