pre-excellency

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From pre- +‎ excellency.

Noun[edit]

pre-excellency (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Pre-eminent superiority; pre-excellence. [17th-18th c.]
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.12:
      Miserable man with all his wit cannot in effect goe beyond it: he is embraced, and engaged, and as other creatures of his ranke are, he is subjected in like bondes, and without any prerogative or essential pre-excellencie [transl. praeexcellence], what ever Privilege he assume unto himselfe, he is of very meane condition.