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paramount +‎ -cy



paramountcy (countable and uncountable, plural paramountcies)

  1. The fact or condition of being paramount; supremacy, precedence. [from 17th c.]
    • 1902, William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience, Folio Society 2008, p. 228:
      we saw this permanence to be true of the general paramountcy of the higher insight, even though in the ebbs of emotional excitement meaner motives might temporarily prevail [...].
    • 1990, Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game, Folio Society 2010, p. 203:
      Both, they claim, were British spies, sent into Central Asia as part of a grand design for paramountcy there at the expense of Russia, whose influence they aimed to destroy.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 703:
      Portuguese Church authorities often made things more difficult for non-Portuguese European missionaries by insisting on the paramountcy of their own culture and ecclesiastical jurisdiction [...].