American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The greatest or supreme good.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The chief or highest good.
- n. philosophy The greatest good; the ultimate importance, the singular and most ultimate end which human beings ought to pursue.
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Philos.) The supreme or highest good, -- referring to the object of human life.
- n. the supreme good in which all moral values are included or from which they are derived
- From medieval philosophy; Latin for the highest good. (Wiktionary)
- Latin : summum, neuter of summus, highest + bonum, good. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Tranquillity is the summum bonum of a Septagenaire.”
“Though by no means a coward himself, he nevertheless enjoys the exposure of cowardice in others; yet this again is not so much because such exposure feeds his self-esteem, as because he delights in the game for its own sake, and for the nimble pastime it yields to his faculties: that is, his impulses seem to rest in it as an ultimate object, or a part of what is to him the summum bonum of life.”
“Quod summum bonum primumque in mundo decus dicitur.] 157 See the regulations of”
“I have been listening to the grovelling, avaricious devotees of mammon, whose souls are narrowed to the studious contemplation of a hard-earned shilling, whose leaden imaginations never soared above the prospect of a good bargain, and whose summum bonum is the inspiring idea of counting a hundred thousand: I say I have been listening to these miserly beings till the idea did not seem so repugnant of lowering my noble art to a trade, of painting for money, of degrading myself and the soul-enlarging art which I possess, to the narrow idea of merely getting money.”
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