su·​preme | \ sə-ˈprēm How to pronounce supreme (audio) , sü- \

Definition of supreme

1 : highest in rank or authority the supreme commander
2 : highest in degree or quality supreme endurance in war and in labour— R. W. Emerson
3 : ultimate, final the supreme sacrifice

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Other Words from supreme

supremely adverb
supremeness noun

Examples of supreme in a Sentence

The board has supreme authority over such issues. She has an air of supreme confidence about her. the supreme example of what not to do a problem of supreme importance It's a matter of supreme indifference to her.
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Recent Examples on the Web The supreme leader carefully backed the decision of Iran’s relatively moderate President Hassan Rouhani and others to raise gasoline prices. Jon Gambrell, Anchorage Daily News, "Iran’s top leader warns ‘thugs’ as protests reach 100 cities," 17 Nov. 2019 Top politicians, like supreme leader Seyed Ali Khamenei, have still been using Twitter and other public platforms. Wired, "How the Iranian Government Shut Off the Internet," 17 Nov. 2019 To those who have paid the supreme sacrifice and died in battle, bless them. Jennifer Johnson,, "American Legion hosts snowy Veterans Day ceremony in Park Ridge," 12 Nov. 2019 Doing it right requires supreme attention to nuance. Wired, "For N. K. Jemisin, World-Building Is a Lesson in Oppression," 12 Nov. 2019 In the supreme irony of ironies, Mike Brown will likely never own a team that wins a playoff game while his father’s nemesis, Art Modell, did win a Super Bowl. Jay Brinker,, "Guest Morning Line: Here's the only way to save the Bengals. The Brown Family won't do it.," 8 Nov. 2019 The everyman-dancer Spicer made it through Monday's elimination easily despite earning the lowest judges' scores — with supreme fan support predominantly from supporters of President Trump. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Queer Eye' star Karamo Brown: Why Sean Spicer got emotional saying goodbye on 'DWTS'," 30 Oct. 2019 More recently, he has been depicted as an empath, the supreme explorer of human emotion in paint. T.s.e., The Economist, "The many faces of Rembrandt van Rijn," 26 Oct. 2019 The left-wing back was constantly looking to support the attacks and make things happen, while also carrying out his defensive duties with a supreme heir of calmness., "Partizan Belgrade 0-1 Man Utd: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Red Devils Scrape Hard-Fought Win," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of supreme

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for supreme

Latin supremus, superlative of superus upper — more at superior

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“Supreme.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of supreme

: highest in rank or authority
: highest in degree or quality : greatest or highest possible


su·​preme | \ su̇-ˈprēm How to pronounce supreme (audio) \

Kids Definition of supreme

1 : highest in rank, power, or authority
2 : highest in degree or quality I have supreme trust in you.
3 : most extreme or great They made the supreme sacrifice.

Other Words from supreme

supremely adverb

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