gray eminence


Definition of gray eminence

: a person who exercises power behind the scenes

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Recent Examples on the Web Less gray eminence perhaps -- Santi Hernandez is mop-haired and bearded -- but this man is an almost permanent fixture at the side of five-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez. Jonathan Hawkins, CNN, "The power behind Marc Marquez's MotoGP throne," 11 June 2019 Few active country artists possess the deep knowledge and love of the tradition’s history and lore of singer-songwriter Marty Stuart, who’s evolved into a gray eminence with a mixture of elegance and unquenchable curiosity. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Country singer Marty Stuart salutes the cosmic vibe of America’s southwest on Way Out West," 8 Dec. 2017 Image The maverick genius of the 1980s, now the gray eminence of the 2010s, Mr. Moss is perhaps the most successful editor of his generation. New York Times, "After Graydon, Who?," 15 Sep. 2017 But aren’t the series’ subjects—the ones still breathing—usually gray eminences? John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny’ Review: Charting a New Course for Indie Cinema," 31 Aug. 2017 At a moment of doctrinal crisis in the Republican party, Newt Gingrich is the only major figure in his party who is both insurgent and gray eminence. John H. Richardson, Esquire, "Newt Gingrich: The Indispensable Republican," 10 Aug. 2010

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First Known Use of gray eminence

1831, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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“Gray eminence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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