- Superior to or notable above all others; outstanding; supremely remarkable. [from 16th c.]
1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: What It Is. With All the Kindes, Cavses, Symptomes, Prognosticks, and Seuerall Cvres of It. In Three Maine Partitions, with Their Seuerall Sections, Members, and Svbsections. Philosophically, Medicinally, Historically Opened and Cut Up, by Democritvs Iunior, with a Satyricall Preface, Conducing to the Following Discourse, 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):, III.2.2.ii:
- so far was beauty adored amongst them, that no man was thought fit to reign that was not in all parts complete and supereminent.
- 1888, Henry James, The Modern Warning.
- The conservatives had come into power just after his marriage, and he had held honourable though not supereminent office.