eminence

noun
em·​i·​nence | \ˈe-mə-nən(t)s \

Definition of eminence 

1 : a position of prominence or superiority

2 : one that is eminent, prominent, or lofty: such as

a : a person of high rank or attainments often used as a title for a cardinal

b : a natural elevation

c : an anatomical protuberance (as on a bone)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for eminence

Synonyms

altitude(s), elevation, height, highland, hill, hump, mound, prominence, rise, upland

Antonyms

lowland

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Examples of eminence in a Sentence

the eminence of the Nobel Prize in the field of awards and prizes the old citadel sits on an eminence with a commanding view of the city

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Global financial centers such as London, New York and Hong Kong, maintain their pre-eminence based on overwhelming concentrations of capital and skilled finance workers. Patricia Kowsmann, WSJ, "Brexit Killing London as Financial Hub? Not Just Yet," 29 June 2018 Is any milestone anniversary complete without a deluge of recordings—some old, some new—saluting the eminence? David Mermelstein, WSJ, "‘Debussy: His First Performers’ Review: Rare Restoration," 19 June 2018 These scenes, addressed to the camera against a blue background, have something of the flavor of a jewelry-store commercial, the eminence of the actors notwithstanding. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "'Love Is_': OWN's new series about a black show biz couple and how they fell in love," 19 June 2018 What is more, the degree of Chinese competition to American pre-eminence can be overestimated, according to Joseph Nye, an expert on American power at Harvard’s Kennedy School. The Economist, "Donald Trump is undermining the rules-based international order," 7 June 2018 Still, those inside the game have no doubts about his eminence. Adam Kilgore, chicagotribune.com, "The subtle secret to Sidney Crosby's greatness," 30 Apr. 2018 Seeking to understand such systems, and the mechanisms that cause their complexities, has been a major mathematical enterprise of recent years and one in which Dr. Katok achieved eminence. Martin Weil, BostonGlobe.com, "Anatole Katok, mathematician who explored chaos theory, dies at 73," 10 May 2018 Seeking to understand such systems, and the mechanisms that cause their complexities has been a major mathematical enterprise of recent years and one in which Dr. Katok achieved eminence. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Anatole Katok, mathematician who explored chaos theory, dies at 73," 9 May 2018 But the question of how Cohn both survived and flourished as a Manhattan eminence in the quarter-century between McCarthy and Reagan is beyond the play’s already-considerable scope. Frank Rich, Daily Intelligencer, "The Original Donald Trump," 29 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of eminence

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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eminence

noun

English Language Learners Definition of eminence

: a condition of being well-known and successful

: a person of high rank or achievements

: an area of high ground

eminence

noun
em·​i·​nence | \ˈe-mə-nəns \

Kids Definition of eminence

1 : the condition of being well-known and respected The brilliant scientist had earned eminence in her field.

2 : a piece of high ground : hill

eminence

noun
em·​i·​nence | \ˈem-ə-nən(t)s \

Medical Definition of eminence 

: a protuberance or projection on a bodily part and especially a bone

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