• WordNet 3.6
    • n eminence a protuberance on a bone especially for attachment of a muscle or ligament
    • n eminence high status importance owing to marked superiority "a scholar of great eminence"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Eminence A title of honor, especially applied to a cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church.
    • Eminence An elevated condition among men; a place or station above men in general, either in rank, office, or celebrity; social or moral loftiness; high rank; distinction; preferment. "You 've too a woman's heart, which ever yet
      Affected eminence , wealth, sovereignty."
    • Eminence That which is eminent or lofty; a high ground or place; a height. "Without either eminences or cavities.""The temple of honor ought to be seated on an eminence ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n eminence A part rising or projecting beyond the rest or above the surface; something protuberant or prominent; a projection: as, the eminences on or in an animal body. See phrases below, and eminentia.
    • n eminence Specifically A conspicuous place or situation; a prominent position; especially, a hill or height of ground affording a wide view.
    • n eminence Elevation as regards rank, worth, accomplishment, etc.; exalted station or repute; more generally, a high degree of distinction in any respect, good or bad: as, to attain eminence in a profession, or in the annals of crime.
    • n eminence Supreme degree.
    • n eminence In the Roman Catholic Church, a title of honor attached by a consistorial decree of 1630 exclusively to cardinals and to the master of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem: usually with a capital.
    • n eminence Synonyms Height, elevation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Eminence a part eminent or rising above the rest: a rising ground: height: distinction: a title of honour: homage: a title given in 1631 to cardinals, till then styled Most Illustrious
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  • Jonathan Swift
    “Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “The substance of the eminent Socialist gentlemen's speech is that making a profit is a sin. It is my belief that the real sin is taking a loss!”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Life levels all men. Death reveals the eminent.”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “A position of eminence makes a great person greater and a small person less.”
  • Jonathan Swift
    “I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. eminentia, fr. eminens, eminent: cf. F. éminence,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. eminens, -entis, pr.p. of eminēree, out, minēre, to project.


In literature:

Our engineman was an eminent illustration of the importance of cultivating this habit of life.
"Lives of the Engineers The Locomotive. George and Robert Stephenson" by Samuel Smiles
This is pre-eminently the birthday of womanhood.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II"
The spirit which appeared so eminently in this order animated the whole Catholic world.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Governor Hammond is too well known, as an eminent statesman and political writer, to require notice here.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
He in fact personified the musical activity of a place then eminently and energetically musical.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
Is that not right, Your Eminence?
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
French writers of bibliographical eminence now begin to crowd fast upon us.
"Bibliomania; or Book-Madness" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
Such pre-eminently was Newton.
"Pioneers of Science" by Oliver Lodge
Here lived those eminent patriots, the Trumbulls.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
Scott might have had certain, even eminent, military capacity; but, all things considered, he had it only on a small scale.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski

In poetry:

The good, the great in eminence,
The famous, and the proud,
Shall join thee, shorn of this pretense,
Clothed only with a shroud.
"Lines On The Death Of A Friend" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
Yon eminence but shews a farm
With trees thick scatter'd round;
My hills rip out the rushin storm,
And by the clouds are crown'd.
"Lines, Written In The Travellers' Room, Wolseley Arms Inn" by Samuel Bamford
One, who is labour's useful tracks
Is proudly eminent, who roams
The providence of humble homes—
The blue-eyed, fair-haired, friendly Flax:
"The Meetings Of The Flowers" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
In all our wars they bore their part,
Nor shrank from dangers imminent,
Mingling the life-blood of their heart
With that of braves most eminent.
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
And he who would true eminence attain
Must heed the word of Him who came to serve,
Nor from this path a single moment swerve,
If he the great reward would surely gain.
"The Royal Way" by Joseph Horatio Chant
A father’s chief joy is a favourite son,
When he reaches some eminent goal,
But the pride of Bill’s heart is the hairy-legged one
That pulls with a will at the pole.
"Bill the Bullock-Driver" by Henry Kendall

In news:

China's lightning economic rise and elevation as a military power has unnerved its neighbours and drawn more attention from the United States, long the pre-eminent force in the Asia-Pacific.
Marked by eminence and distinction.
MORRISTOWN After a rainout Friday, the Eminence baseball team had to wait until Monday night to play in their first game of the IHSAA Class A Sectional Tournament.
Einstein 's fame extends to pop culture, where photos of the eminent scientist can be seen plastered on mugs, t-shirts, postcards, and internet memes.
State siting law a form of eminent domain.
Letters to the editor on Gaza, defense cuts, missing history, eminent domain.
Eminent domain considered for vacant city lot.
Eminent domain measure goes to voters.
COLUMBIA — On April 3, voters will have their say on the city's eminent domain power.
Voters have approved an amendment to the Virginia Constitution limiting government's ability to take private property through eminent domain.
Passes eminent domain, General Assembly amendments.
Constitutional Amendment 1 changes the rules for eminent domain, making it harder for the government to take private property for public use.
Salahi to 'crash the vote' in Va. Amendment limiting eminent domain could affect some public projects.
Eminent domain limits approved.
The first would limit the eminent -domain power of local and state governments to acquire land.

In science:

The exclusive dijet cross section was measured up to jet Emin of 35 GeV.
Diffractive and Exclusive (Higgs?) Production from CDF to LHC
The English usage is at a high, eminently readable level throughout, and I detected only a few very minor slips in this regard.
Book Review: "Geometry of Quantum States" by Ingemar Bengtsson and Karol Zyczkowski (Cambridge University Press, 2006)
JWST will the pre-eminent telescope in the near-infrared.
The Science Case for PILOT I: Summary and Overview
Lastly we examine the capability of KwSS from the perspective of accommodating various knowledge management processes as categorized by two eminent researchers in the field of organizational knowledge management.
A theoretical foundation for building Knowledge-work Support Systems
Note the shape change at Emin T = 0.5MP which is a result of this cross section threshold that is absent in the ADD model.
A review of Quantum Gravity at the Large Hadron Collider