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Examples of preeminent in a Sentence
She's the preeminent chef in a city that has many good ones.
The poem is a preeminent example of his work.
Recent Examples of preeminent from the Web
In all other particulars, Smith has been the preeminent climate change denier in Congress.
Ortiz continues, of the years in which Rodriguez, once a golden boy, emerged as the league’s preeminent heel.
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As could be expected, tennis fans are overjoyed to see two of the sport's preeminent stars joining together on the court — and clearly enjoying their experience.
The former dean of Fudan University Law School has long been China’s preeminent political theorist and foreign policy guru, advising three presidents.
His is an explicit rejection of Western ideas about democracy and free speech in favor of Communist Party leadership in every aspect of life, and a desire to challenge the United States' preeminent role in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.
All of the era’s most preeminent chemists gathered in their finest attire.
Among public universities, UC-Berkeley has long been preeminent, holding the top ranking for 20 years in a row.
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Did You Know?
What is noteworthy about the following sentence? "Mount McKinley is a prominent eminence in the Alaskan landscape." You very likely recognized two words that are closely related to "preeminent" - "prominent" and "eminence." All three words are rooted in the Latin verb stem -minēre, meaning "to stand out." But did you note as well the related word mount? Not too surprisingly, "-minēre" is related to "mons," the Latin word for "mountain." That relationship leads us in turn to "paramount," a word closely related in meaning to "preeminent."
Synonymsarch, big, capital, cardinal, central, chief, dominant, first, grand, great, greatest, highest, key, leading, main, master, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, overbearing, overmastering, overriding, paramount, predominant, foremost, premier, primal, primary, principal, prior, sovereign (also sovran), supreme
Related Wordsdistinguished, eminent, illustrious, noble, notable, noteworthy, outstanding, prestigious, signal, star, stellar, superior; high-level, senior, top; important, influential, major, mighty, momentous, significant; incomparable, matchless, unequaled (or unequalled), unparalleled, unsurpassed; celebrated, famed, famous, renowned
Near Antonymsinconsequential, inconsiderable, insignificant, minor, negligible, slight, trifling, trivial, unimportant; collateral, inferior, secondary, subordinate, subsidiary
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