Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Preeminent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Superior to or notable above all others; outstanding; supremely remarkable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Eminent in a superior degree; surpassing others in excellence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Surpassingly eminent; very lofty; particularly elevated.
  • Eminent in a superior or in the highest degree; surpassing others in excellence, power, authority, and the like.

Etymologies

super- +‎ eminent (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I am not using that word in a metaphorical sense at all; I mean that there is in the background of this Empire a lafty, imperial personality, a real material soul, a kind of supereminent guardian angel which is being developed in the psychic realms, and which as a matter of fact has for its task and labour the guardianship of this Empire towards its destiny.

    Scientific Imperialism

  • It seems that ascribing to God supereminent possession of these virtues would be enough to account for God's supreme moral goodness: it is, after all, in such terms that God is praised in the Psalms.

    Theological Voluntarism

  • One can hold that God's moral goodness involves supereminent possession of the virtues, at least insofar as those virtues do not presuppose weakness and vulnerability.

    Theological Voluntarism

  • This is it belike which makes the [3649] Turks at this day scorn nobility, and all those huffing bombast titles, which so much elevate their poles: except it be such as have got it at first, maintain it by some supereminent quality, or excellent worth.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Johnson, however, had a noble ambition floating in his mind, and had, undoubtedly, often speculated on the possibility of his supereminent powers being rewarded in this great and liberal country by the highest honours of the state.

    The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D.

  • Apostle, where he thus speaks, Because Thy love is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us: and where concerning spiritual gifts, he teacheth and showeth unto us a more excellent way of charity; and where he bows his knee unto Thee for us, that we may know the supereminent knowledge of the love of

    The Confessions

  • They be affections, they be loves; the uncleanness of our spirit flowing away downwards with the love of cares, and the holiness of Thine raising us upward by love of unanxious repose; that we may lift our hearts unto Thee, where Thy Spirit is borne above the waters; and come to that supereminent repose, when our soul shall have passed through the waters which yield no support.

    The Confessions

  • And therefore from the beginning, was He borne supereminent above the waters.

    The Confessions

  • Only, as was before intimated, this spiritual redemption hath some supereminent things in it, that are not to be found in other deliverances; as, —

    The Death of Death in the Death of Christ

  • On the second point: the faith which is here included among the free graces is not the virtue by which a man is himself justified, but the faith which possesses that supereminent certainty which makes him worthy to instruct others in matters pertaining to the faith.

    Nature and Grace: Selections from the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas

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