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Examples of pinnacle in a Sentence
a singer who has reached the pinnacle of success
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As the architect of an overhaul that now will require a renovation, Moore could gaze over the field with deep appreciation of from where this organization rose to reach the pinnacle in 2015.
On the boys side, 2015 and 2016 state champion St. Xavier did not reach the pinnacle for a third straight year.
Noting Versailles as the pinnacle of 18th-century inspiration, Lagerfeld included some of the famous palace's details into his suites, like original sinks from Versailles in the powder room, and secret doors between key rooms of the suites.
With Trump’s intermittent support, the GOP is advancing a tax plan aimed at a few voters at the pinnacle of the income pyramid.
Constantine has thrived for decades at the pinnacle of international society,socializing with Europe's royals (most of them his relatives).
Leave a Note Perched on a bluff overlooking Mendocino Bay, the Brewery Gulch Inn represents the pinnacle of the northern California bed and breakfast experience.
But in ways that would be understood by another adviser who reached the pinnacle of power, Donald Trump’s former strategist, Stephen Bannon, Mr Wang sees a world divided by fundamentally different values and cultures.
Even though Ford represents the pinnacle movie star of his childhood, Lynch remains the most esteemed filmmaker.
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Pinnacle is one of several words that aspire to both literal and figurative heights. Others include summit, peak, climax, apex, acme, and culmination. All of these can refer to the highest point of a mountain or structure, or the highest point attained or attainable over a person's lifetime, career, etc. When referring to part of a building, pinnacle describes a projection on top of a tower (as on a Gothic cathedral). The word derives via Anglo-French from Late Latin pinnaculum, meaning "small wing," a diminutive of pinna, meaning "wing or battlement." When used figuratively, pinnacle sometimes implies a dizzying and insecure height, such as that brought on by unexpected fame.
Origin and Etymology of pinnacle
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsacme, apex, apogee, capstone, climax, crescendo, crest, crown, culmination, head, high noon, high tide, high-water mark, meridian, ne plus ultra, noon, noontime, peak, height, sum, summit, tip-top, top, zenith
Antonymsbottom, nadir, rock bottom
Related Wordsbloom, blossom, flood tide, flower, glory, heyday, prime; cap, ceiling, roof; extreme, extremity, tip, vertex; high, highlight, highspot
Near Antonymsabyss, base, foot; minimum
Synonym Discussion of pinnacle
- at the summit of the Victorian social scene
- an artist working at the peak of her powers
- the pinnacle of worldly success
- the war was the climax to a series of hostile actions
- the apex of Dutch culture
- a statue that was once deemed the acme of beauty
- the culmination of years of effort
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