1. [syn: eminence, distinction, preeminence, note]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Preeminence \Pre*["e]m"i*nence\, n. [F. pr['e]['e]minence, L.
praeeminentia. See Pre["e]minent.]
The quality or state of being pre["e]minent; superiority in
prominence or in excellence; distinction above others in
quality, rank, etc.; rarely, in a bad sense, superiority or
notoriety in evil; as, pre["e]minence in honor.
The pre["e]minence of Christianity to any other
religious scheme. --Addison.
Painful pre["e]minence! yourself to view
Above life's weakness, and its comforts too. --Pope.
Beneath the forehead's walled pre["e]minence. --Lowell.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: high status importance owing to marked superiority; "a
scholar of great eminence" [syn: eminence, distinction,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
89 Moby Thesaurus words for "preeminence":
accent, accomplishment, ascendance, ascendancy, balance of power,
concern, concernment, consequence, consequentiality, consideration,
deanship, distinction, dominance, dominancy, domination, dominion,
eminent domain, emphasis, excellence, exquisiteness, favor,
greatness, high order, high rank, illustriousness, import,
importance, incomparability, inimitability, interest, kudos, lead,
magnificence, majority, mark, marvelousness, masterdom,
matchlessness, materiality, merit, moment, note, one-upmanship,
overlordship, paramountcy, peerlessness, precedence, predominance,
predominancy, predomination, preponderance, preponderancy,
prepotence, prepotency, prerogative, prestige, primacy,
principality, priority, privilege, prominence, renown,
right-of-way, self-importance, seniority, significance, skill,
sovereignty, splendidness, splendiferousness, stress, success,
superbness, supereminence, superexcellence, superfineness,
superiority, supremacy, suzerainship, suzerainty, transcendence,
transcendency, unsurpassedness, upper hand, value, virtuosity,
weight, whip hand, worth