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 In a tweet toward the end of his screed, the supreme leader of the nation that is the largest state-sponsor of terrorism worldwide praised three U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations — Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah. Fox News, "Iran's supreme leader calls for Israel's destruction in Twitter screed on anti-Israel holiday," 23 May 2020 In April of 1687, the king issued a Declaration of Indulgence effectively voiding all laws that mandated active participation in the Church of England or demanded an oath to him as the supreme head of that church. Declan Leary, National Review, "Conservatives Should Not Celebrate Religious Tyranny and Coercion," 19 July 2019 Only in 2002 did the Church of England - of which the sovereign is supreme governor - allow divorced people to remarry. Autumn Brewington,, "5 myths about the British royals," 14 May 2018 There’s also cross-party support for inserting the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights into U.K. law and lords want to clarify the length of time the European Court of Justice will be supreme to British courts in the future. Kitty Donaldson,, "British Lords Get Ready to Disrupt Brexit," 28 Jan. 2018 In Shia-majority Iran, which has been a hot spot for coronavirus cases in the Middle East, the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has called on Iranians to create the sense of Ramadan in their homes this year. NBC News, "Muslims begin unusual Ramadan amid coronavirus pandemic," 24 Apr. 2020 Last night the world was rocked by reports that Kim Jong-un, supreme leader and man who cut his own hair before quarantine, may be gravely ill after secretly undergoing heart surgery. Trish Bendix, New York Times, "Some Bake During Lockdown. Trump Bans Immigrants, Trevor Noah Notes.," 22 Apr. 2020 In Iran several politicians and officials have died, and the infected include Ali Akbar Velayati, an adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khamanei, the supreme leader. The Economist, "Troubling symptoms The perils of politics in a pandemic," 13 Apr. 2020 Among those, two officials — Mohammad Mir-Mohammadi, an adviser to the supreme leader, and Hadi Khosroshahi, a former ambassador to the Vatican — were listed as dead. Erin Cunningham, Washington Post, "Coronavirus pummels Iran leadership as data show spread is far worse than reported," 4 Mar. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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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