eminence

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See also: éminence and Eminence

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French eminence, from Latin ēminēntia (prominence”, “protuberance”; “eminence”, “excellence).

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eminence (countable and uncountable, plural eminences)

  1. Someone of high rank, reputation or social status.
  2. The quality or state of being eminent.
  3. Prominence in a particular order or accumulation; esteem.
  4. (geology) An elevated land area or a hill.
    • 1817, Walter Scott, Rob Roy:
      From the summit of an eminence I had already had a distant view of Osbaldistone Hall, a large and antiquated edifice, peeping out from a Druidical grove of huge oaks [...].
    • 1952, Norman Lewis, Golden Earth:
      We stopped for a moment at the golf course to chat with members of the Consular staff, and then drove on to the Consulate, which was set upon an eminence, above evidences of landscape-gardening; a sweep of lawns, with coarse, whitened grass; flower-beds in which larkspur and nasturtiums fought against desperate odds.
  5. (anatomy) A protuberance.
  6. (uncountable) A dark purple color.
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  • (someone of high rank, reputation or social status): obscurity
  • (the quality or state of being eminent): mediocrity

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