Definitions

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  • adj. Pre-eminent, outstanding.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Select; choice; hence, extraordinary, excellent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Excellent; eminent; distinguished.

Etymologies

From Latin eximius ("set apart, select"), from eximō ("take out or away; deliver, free"), from ex ("out of, from") + emō ("buy; acquire, take"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Neil MacGregor, the BM's eximious director and presenter of Radio 4's "History of the World in One Hundred Objects" , accurately stated that "this exhibition is a fantastic example of collaboration between the British Museum and its partners across the UK."

    British Museum handsomely fulfils its duties to England outside London

  • Is it so exaltated, eximious, extraoldandairy and excels-siorising? —

    Finnegans Wake

  • Whence we may observe, — First, That the greatest and most eximious expression of the love of God towards believers is in sending his Son to die for them, not sparing him for their sake; this is made the chief of all.

    The Death of Death in the Death of Christ

  • The hokum and horsefeathers are, alas, infectious: here and there in this wretched text are signed interpolations by the eximious director of the Dulwich Picture Gallery himself, snippets of schoolboy art history declaring, for example, that in The Runaway and Young

    Evening Standard - Home

  • There is that eximious infatuation with language, the sheer, lush love of the sound for the sound of it, sense be damned.

    Video Meliora, proboque; Deteriora sequor

  • His sensations, on entering this vast repository of arms, were not unlike those attributed to a personage whose fictitious adventures, though the production of a _Feringhi_ pen, present one of the most faithful pictures extant of the genuine feelings of an oriental on Frank matters: -- "When we came to the guns," says the eximious Hajji Baba, "by my beard, existence fled from our heads!

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 54, No. 338, December 1843

  • Rather it is hoped that the haecceity of this enchiridion of arcane and recondite sesquipedalian items will appeal to the oniomania of an eximious Gemeinschaft whose legerity and sophrosyne, whose Sprachgefühl and orexis will find more than fugacious fulfillment among its felicific pages. "

    languagehat.com

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  • Some rather bad poetry from "Punch", which was, I suppose, the "Onion" of its day. For some reason all the online dictionaries can only come up with the first stanza of this as an example for 'eximious'. I find this deplorable.

    THE HERCULES CHEAP PALETOT.

    You've read the death of Hercules,
    In classic tale related ;
    But there the facts of his decease
    Erroneously are stated :
    Each schoolboy will at large recite
    Fast as his Alphabeta,
    How that eximious man of might
    Departed on Mount Œta.

    The hero, haying ceased to rove,
    'Tis said, his labours ended,
    To sacrifice to Father Jove,
    That mountain steep ascended.
    Desirous proper clothes to don,
    Such as he would look nice in,
    He put a Centaur tunic on,
    To offer sacrifice in.

    This tunic having been imbued
    With Hydra's deadly poison,
    Itself unto the wearer glued,
    Like plaster with Spain's flies on.
    Not to come off—the income-Tax
    A blister of the sort is—
    It stuck to him like cobbler's wax,
    And stung like aqua fortis.

    Such direful pangs convulsed his frame,
    And pierced through bone and marrow,
    That Hercules felt much the same
    As toad beneath a harrow ;
    Such agonies his nerves did rive,
    Did trouble, vex, and tease him ;
    He chose to burn himself alive,
    As thinking fire would ease him.

    Now, this same story is a myth,
    Or mystical narration,
    In which there is of truth a pith,
    Involved in fabrication.
    The vest that poison'd Hercules
    Was bought from a slop-seller ;
    It was the virus of disease
    That rack'd the monster-queller.

    Twas Typhus, which the garment caught
    Of Misery and Famine,
    Hands that for some cheap tailor wrought ;
    The Hydra-story's gammon.
    Such clothes are manufactured still ;
    And you're besought to try 'em
    In poster, puff, placard, and bill -
    — If you are wise, don't buy 'em.

    May 20, 2010

  • A word which describes itself.

    August 16, 2008