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Examples of prestigious in a Sentence
a nutritional study that has been published by a prestigious medical journal
the most prestigious social club in town
Recent Examples of prestigious from the Web
His rise through a single city -- even one as prestigious as the eastern financial center -- is unusual for a party that grooms leaders by transferring them around the country.
Zhang Ming was stripped of his post as dean of political sciences a decade ago at Beijing’s prestigious Renmin University after criticizing China’s lack of academic freedoms.
The novel, which won the prestigious Italian Strega prize in 2015, has been compared to the work of Gillian Flynn and Jonathan Franzen.
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That willpower placed him in the most prestigious university in the world.
These are not soldiers but students: teenagers about to begin their courses at Tsinghua, one of China’s most prestigious universities.
North Carolina, one of the sport’s historically powerful and prestigious programs, skirted academic rules that created an advantage.
Daryl Baldwin, founding director of the Myaamia Project, recently won the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship to help his quest to revive the heritage and language of his people.
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Did You Know?
You may be surprised to learn that "prestigious" had more to do with trickery than with respect when it was first used in 1546. The earliest (now archaic) meaning of the word was "of, relating to, or marked by illusion, conjuring, or trickery." "Prestigious" comes to us from the Latin word praestigiosis, meaning "full of tricks" or "deceitful." The words "prestige" and "prestigious" are related, of course, though not as directly as you might think; they share a Latin ancestor, but they entered English by different routes. "Prestige," which was borrowed from French in 1656, initially meant "a conjurer's trick," but in the 19th century it developed an extended sense of "blinding or dazzling influence." That change in turn influenced "prestigious," which now means simply "illustrious or esteemed."
Origin and Etymology of prestigious
First Known Use: 1546See Words from the same year
Synonymsesteemed, estimable, name, respectable, recognized, reputable, reputed, respected
Related Wordshonorable, venerable, worthy; creditable, good, praiseworthy; celebrated, distinguished, famed, famous, honored, illustrious, notable, prominent, redoubtable, renowned, well-known
Near Antonymsseedy, shadowy, shady; no-name, obscure, undistinguished, unknown
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