supreme

adjective
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 Zarif's name has been floated as a possible candidate in the election, something that now seems unlikely as even Iran's supreme leader has apparently criticized him. Jon Gambrell, Star Tribune, "US denies Iran claims of prisoner deal; UK plays it down," 2 May 2021 But the Revolutionary Guards answer only to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and so far there has been no sign of a top-down reshuffling. New York Times, "Iran Rattled as Israel Repeatedly Strikes Key Targets," 20 Apr. 2021 But even an agreement in principle before the election, if approved by Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, could lock in the new Iranian government, American and European officials say. New York Times, "U.S. and Iran Agree to Indirect Talks on Returning to Nuclear Deal," 2 Apr. 2021 Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, who has an autarkist streak and despises the United States, has been ratcheting up the pressure. Mark Dubowitz, National Review, "Joe Biden Shouldn’t Return to the Iran Deal," 16 Mar. 2021 But unlike his rival, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Ayatollah Sistani believes in a separation between politics and religion — as long as politics does not break Islamic tenets. New York Times, "Pope Francis Meets Iraq’s Top Ayatollah as Both Urge Peace," 6 Mar. 2021 My flight today only reaffirmed my supreme confidence in the airworthiness of the MAX. Dallas News, "Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly rides Boeing’s 737 Max as carrier readies to unground fleet," 24 Dec. 2020 The supreme leader, 81, has the final say on all matters of state in Iran and approved the efforts at reaching the nuclear deal in 2015. Fox News, "Iran demands US lift sanctions before it lives up to nuclear deal," 7 Feb. 2021 The supreme leader, 81, has the final say on all matters of state in Iran and approved the efforts at reaching the nuclear deal in 2015. NBC News, "U.S. must lift sanctions before Iran lives up to nuclear deal, supreme leader Khamenei says," 7 Feb. 2021

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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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12 May 2021

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“Supreme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supreme. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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supreme

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of supreme

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

supreme

adjective
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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