Definitions

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  • n. The quality of being supereminent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being supereminent; distinguished eminence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being supereminent; eminence superior to what is common; distinguished eminence: as, the supereminence of Demosthenes as an orator, Milton, Reformation in Eng., ii.

Etymologies

Latin supereminentia. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Montrose, conscious of the superiority of his talents, and of having rendered great service to the Covenanters at the beginning of the war, had expected from that party the supereminence of council and command, which they judged it safer to intrust to the more limited faculties, and more extensive power, of his rival Argyle.

    A Legend of Montrose

  • Holy Spirit; but if the unchangeable supereminence of Divinity above all things changeable, then were both Father, and Son, and

    The Confessions

  • But if we understand the changeless supereminence of the divine Being above every changeable thing, then

    Confessions and Enchiridion, newly translated and edited by Albert C. Outler

  • Reply Obj. 1: As stated above (Q. 101, A. 3, ad 2), religion goes by the name of piety by way of supereminence, although piety properly so called is distinct from religion; and in the same way piety can be called observance by way of excellence, although observance properly speaking is distinct from piety.

    Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae) Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province

  • Nearly opposite to me, on the other side of the table, sat a young lady in white, whom I am sorely tempted to describe, but dare not, because not only the supereminence of her beauty, but its peculiar character, would cause the sketch to be recognized, however rudely it might be drawn.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 70, August, 1863

  • We must be slow to claim for any century supereminence as the poetic age.

    0 Introduction. Stedman, Edmund Clarence, ed. 1900. An American Anthology, 1787-1900

  • Begotten what rank and dignity he chooses, he goes on to argue, -- We attribute to Him so much supereminence as the Creator must of necessity have over His own creature.

    NPNF2-08. Basil: Letters and Select Works

  • While I have breath in me, I will maintain the supereminence of arithmetic.

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  • The swelling biceps, the coat straining at its buttons over the chest, the air of conscious conviction of the supereminence of the male in the cosmogony of creation, even a calm display of bow legs as subduing and enchanting agents in the gentle tourneys of Cupid -- these were the approved arms and ammunition of the

    The Four Million

  • Moreover, as I do not follow them that despise books treating of a certain supereminently perfect life, so for my part, I do not speak of such a supereminence; for I can neither censure the authors, nor authorize the censors of a doctrine which I do not understand.

    Treatise on the Love of God

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