Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The state, quality, or condition of excelling; superiority.
  • noun Something in which one excels.
  • noun Excellency.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of excelling in anything or of possessing good qualities in an unusual or eminent degree; merit; goodness; virtue; superiority; eminence.
  • noun A mark or trait of superiority; a valuable quality; anything highly laudable, meritorious, or virtuous in persons, or valuable and esteemed in things; a merit.
  • noun Same as excellency, 2.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality of being excellent; state of possessing good qualities in an eminent degree; exalted merit; superiority in virtue.
  • noun An excellent or valuable quality; that by which any one excels or is eminent; a virtue.
  • noun A title of honor or respect; -- more common in the form excellency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The quality of being excellent; state of possessing good qualities in an eminent degree; exalted merit; superiority in virtue.
  • noun Something in which one excels.
  • noun An excellent or valuable quality; that by which any one excels or is eminent; a virtue.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the quality of excelling; possessing good qualities in high degree
  • noun an outstanding feature; something in which something or someone excels

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin excellentia

Examples

  • Alas, two of the destinations were anything but recommendations, and both reminded me of Joseph Epstein's observation: Delight in excellence is easily confused with snobbery by the ignorant.

    The recommended daily allowance

  • Delight in excellence is easily confused with snobbery by the ignorant.

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  • "Delight in excellence is easily confused with snobbery by the ignorant."

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  • A gentle reminder: "Delight in excellence is easily confused with snobbery by the ignorant."

    Why or why not?

  • "Delight in excellence is easily confused with snobbery by the ignorant."

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  • Delight in excellence is easily confused with snobbery by the ignorant. —

    Archive 2004-03-01

  • Delight in excellence is easily confused with snobbery by the ignorant.

    Archive 2004-01-01

  • Delight in excellence is easily confused with snobbery by the ignorant.

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  • "Delight in excellence is easily confused with snobbery by the ignorant."

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  • Delight in excellence is easily confused with snobbery by the ignorant.

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