- 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.