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gray eminence

noun

Definition of GRAY EMINENCE

:  a person who exercises power behind the scenes

Origin of GRAY EMINENCE

translation of French Éminence grise, nickname of Père Joseph (François Joseph du Tremblay) †1638 French monk and diplomat who was confidant of Cardinal Richelieu, styled Éminence rouge (red eminence); from the colors of their respective habits
First Known Use: 1941

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