summum bonum

sum·​mum bo·​num | \ ˌsu̇-məm-ˈbō-nəm How to pronounce summum bonum (audio) , ˌsü-, ˌsə- \

Definition of summum bonum

: the supreme good from which all others are derived

Examples of summum bonum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As both President Reagan and Nikita Khrushchev understood, in a world where material well-being has replaced more traditional conceptions of the summum bonum, the battlefield is first and foremost at home. Mathis Bitton, National Review, "Macron: Loved Abroad, Loathed at Home," 12 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of summum bonum

1563, in the meaning defined above

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“Summum bonum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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