great·​ness | \ ˈgrāt-nəs How to pronounce greatness (audio) \

Definition of greatness

: the quality or state of being great (as in size, skill, achievement, or power) Today, many Inca buildings still stand—all witnesses to an empire of unforgettable greatness.— Michelle Laliberte An understanding of the visible world became a better way of understanding the greatness of God.— Mario Salvadori I came back convinced that bourbon and its cousins are America's contribution to world distillery, with as strong a claim to greatness as anything from Scotland, Ireland, or Canada.— Corby Kummer … young team that came within a game of reaching the World Series, a team on the verge of greatness.— Barry Rozner Tyson, 33, has long since abandoned any claim to boxing greatness, having squandered his promise in two jail sentences, a suspension and several gory defeats.— Richard Hoffer

First Known Use of greatness

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Greatness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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