above all


Definition of above all

: before every other consideration : especially

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Fired by the expressiveness of the human form, Rodin preferred clay above all other materials (gold, stone, wood) for its in-the-moment malleability. Robert Abele, latimes.com, "The biopic 'Rodin' about the famous French sculptor lacks shape and drama," 31 May 2018 Isabelle is the bonkers wild card above all of those, surprisingly. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Smash Bros. Ultimate review: The best fighting game on any Nintendo system," 6 Dec. 2018 The most thoughtful and successful holiday gifts are, above all, personal. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "10 Holiday Gifts for the Skin Care–Obsessed Best Friend in Your life," 12 Nov. 2018 What the Bachelorette needs to be above all is a woman the audience wants to root for—pitiable, but not pathetic. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Cazzie David Should Be the Next Bachelorette: A Proposal," 10 July 2018 This was, above all, a layered, artistic statement that aspired to say something about the human condition, not wallow in petty gossip. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Joni Mitchell, Liz Phair and the musical blueprint for #MeToo," 14 June 2018 But above all, a polarizing Trump and opposition to his policies in California are certain to seep into the race. Christina Bellantoni, latimes.com, "Watch these congressional races in November," 11 June 2018 This was, above all, his biggest focus during spring ball. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's Quinn Nordin working way back from the wild side," 10 May 2018 But above all, her family was her most treasured purpose. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Deborah Rice," 26 Apr. 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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