American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Greatest in power, authority, or rank; paramount or dominant.
- adj. Greatest in importance, degree, significance, character, or achievement.
- adj. Ultimate; final: the supreme sacrifice.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Highest, especially in authority; holding the highest place in government or power.
- Highest; highest or most extreme, as to degree, import, etc.; greatest possible; utmost: as, supreme love or wisdom; a supreme hour; supreme baseness.
- Synonyms and Greatest, first, leading, principal, chief, predominant, paramount, superlative. Supreme is much stronger than any of these.
- n. The highest point. [Rare.]
- n. The chief; the superior.
- n. [capitalized] With the definite article, the Supreme Being. See phrase above.
- adj. Dominant, having power over all others.
- adj. At the greatest, most excellent, extreme, most superior, highest, or utmost.
- v. transitive (cooking) To divide a citrus fruit into its segments, removing the skin, pith, membranes, and seeds.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Highest in authority; holding the highest place in authority, government, or power.
- adj. Highest; greatest; most excellent or most extreme; utmost; greatist possible (sometimes in a bad sense).
- adj. (Bot.) Situated at the highest part or point.
- adj. greatest in status or authority or power
- adj. final or last in your life or progress
- adj. highest in excellence or achievement
- adj. greatest or maximal in degree; extreme.
- From Middle French suprême, from Latin supremus, superlative of superus ("that is above"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin suprēmus, superlative of superus, upper, from super, over; see uper in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“The word supreme is derived from two Sanskrit words that describe the highest state of Divine love and sweet service.”
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“Nawaz says bin Laden's death offers what he calls a "supreme opportunity" to improve the U.S.”
“If everything is in balance, what they refer to as supreme equilibrium exists.”
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