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

Examples of greatness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And even in the midst of all this greatness, there are some who shine the brightest. Dede Henley, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2024 Unlike the Soviet state, which continued, until its collapse, to celebrate the overthrow of tsarist Russia, President Vladimir Putin proclaims the 1,000-year history of Russia as a continuum of impeccable greatness with the Soviet victory in World War II as the pinnacle of Russian glory. Pavel Khazanov, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Between November and December, members were asked to rate every president on a scale of zero to 100 in terms of their greatness, with the average scores composing the official ranking. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 20 Feb. 2024 Like Kobe, Kanye wouldn’t be denied his greatness despite the people who doubted him. Jayson Buford, Rolling Stone, 13 Feb. 2024 Where the 49ers showed flashes of greatness in the second half of their conference championship and divisional round games, the Chiefs have looked dominant throughout the entirety of their games in these playoffs. Jon Hoefling, USA TODAY, 9 Feb. 2024 Mitchell and Carlile were joined by a talented ensemble of musicians, including those on the keys, violin, and backup vocals, creating a captivating moment of musical greatness. Holly Alvarado, Orange County Register, 4 Feb. 2024 Here, each experiment, each hurdle, is a steppingstone to greatness. Ranghan Venkatraman, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 The partnership’s goal is to combine Fremantle’s expertise in premium storytelling with ROS’ content exploring human potential and what drives people to greatness. Caroline Brew, Variety, 13 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of greatness was before the 12th century

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“Greatness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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