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Examples of pinnacle in a Sentence
a singer who has reached the pinnacle of success
Recent Examples of pinnacle from the Web
Loan star Rodriguez's parent club Madrid are seen as the pinnacle football club at the moment due to their dominance in Europe over the past few seasons, although that could be about to change as a result of their struggles so far this campaign.
The overhaul also preserves that pinnacle of complexity, the Alternative Minimum Tax, after nearly repealing it.
The emotional pinnacle of the night came at about 10:30 p.m. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner had been eating at a table at BLT Prime, the expensive steakhouse housed on an elevated platform above the hotel’s lobby.
As a young woman near the pinnacle of her legal career, with crippling student debt and a shot at the moon, including a second clerkship at the Supreme Court, Bondi was in no position to say no to Kozinski.
Punctuating social media posts with GIFs has become the ultimate challenge and, if done properly, the pinnacle of Internet street cred.
The Lion King is a pinnacle work of the Disney renaissance (yes, this is a real thing, and this writer may or may not have written an academic paper on it.
Will Bring to Chinese Technology Xi Jinping’s ascension to the pinnacle of power in China roughly coincides with the Chinese tech industry’s coming of age.
After all, the pinnacle of at-home comfort is the La-Z-Boy.
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Did You Know?
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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