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From Middle French supereminent, and its source, Late Latin supereminens, adjectival use of Latin superēminēre (corresponding to super- +‎ eminent).


  • IPA(key): /suːpəɹˈɛmɪnənt/


supereminent (comparative more supereminent, superlative most supereminent)

  1. 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, 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.