• WordNet 3.6
    • n prestige a high standing achieved through success or influence or wealth etc. "he wanted to achieve power and prestige"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prestige Delusion; illusion; trick. "The sophisms of infidelity, and the prestiges of imposture."
    • Prestige Weight or influence derived from past success; expectation of future achievements founded on those already accomplished; force or charm derived from acknowledged character or reputation. "The prestige of his name must go for something."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prestige Illusion; juggling trick; fascination; charm; imposture.
    • n prestige An illusion as to one's personal merit or importance, particularly a flattering illusion; hence, a reputation for excellence, importance, or authority; weight or influence arising from reputation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Prestige pres-tēzh′ or pres′tij influence arising from past conduct or from reputation.
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  • T. Boone Pickens
    T. Boone Pickens
    “Far too many executives have become more concerned with the four P's -- pay, perks, power and prestige -- rather than making profits for shareholders.”
  • A. J. P. Taylor
    A. J. P. Taylor
    “In my opinion, most of the great men of the past were only there for the beer --the wealth, prestige and grandeur that went with the power.”
  • Ken Keyes Jr.
    Ken Keyes Jr.
    “No one that ever lived has ever had enough power, prestige, or knowledge to overcome the basic condition of all life -- you win some and you lose some.”
  • John F. Kennedy
    “War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. praestigum, delusion, illusion, praestigae, deceptions, jugglers' tricks, prob. fr. prae, before + the root of stinguere, to extinguish, originally, to prick. See Stick (v.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. præstigium, delusion—præstinguĕre, to deceive.


In literature:

Yang Chien gained useful prestige from his family connections.
"A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]" by Wolfram Eberhard
He enjoyed something of the prestige of Government power.
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
The bill cost Douglas his prestige, and lost him the confidence of one half the people of Chicago and Illinois.
"The Battle of Principles" by Newell Dwight Hillis
It's a history of defeat, loss of prestige and position.
"With Clive in India" by G. A. Henty
Yet the real strength of Venice was almost spent, and nothing remained but outward insolence and prestige.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
The spectacular palace built by Louis XIV threw glamour and prestige about the triumphant monarchy.
"The French Revolution" by R. M. Johnston
The present European War has greatly increased the prestige and importance of this arm of the service.
"The Plattsburg Manual" by O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
His prestige was in danger of being lost.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The Hurons had promised to convey Champlain back down the St. Lawrence to Quebec, but the defeat had caused loss of prestige.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
Theirs is a kind of intrinsic prestige.
"A Preface to Politics" by Walter Lippmann

In poetry:

That fools have prestige, place and power and fame;
Can it be true
That wisdom is a scorn, a hissing shame,
And wise are few?
"A Christmas Chant" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Then he pulled out his sword and cut off me coat buttons
Them buttons fell 'clink' on the floor;
But when he hegan on me trousers I said,
'Don't lower me prestige any more.'
"Sam Drummed Out" by Weston and Lee
His works, his worth, the prestige of his name,
To sorrowing friends most dear, have spread his fame
O'er Europe broad, and many a distant land—
Far ocean isles, on many a coral strand.
"Elegiac Verses" by Janet Hamilton
A place, a position, a prestige, a name,
If your first love is cold, will not save you from blame;
And the foes of the cause will exult when they find
That your spirit and purpose have sadly declined.
"To Members And Office-Bearers of Temperance Societies" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

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Reads the tagline for Christopher Nolan's film of Christopher Priest's novel The Prestige .
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Chamber Honors Prestige with Award.
WASHINGTON — The United States Chamber of Commerce honored Knoxville, Tenn.-based Prestige Cleaners with the Community Excellence Award at America's Small Business Summit 2010.
25 Years of HEAD Prestige .

In science:

There are different metrics to evaluate the performance and prestige of individuals and journals such as citations count, H-index , impact factor8 by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), now part of Thomson Reuters.
Development of Computer Science Disciplines - A Social Network Analysis Approach
Success seeks status, power, prestige, wealth, and privilege.
Music in Terms of Science
Journals have their role, but do not necessarily carry more prestige.
The skewness of computer science
Using the results of the UK’s research assessment exercise, we show that the size or mass of research groups, rather than individual calibre or prestige of the institution, is the dominant factor which drives the quality of research teams.
Concentration versus dispersion of research resources: a contribution to the debate
All particular influences, such as the prestige of the institution, the impact of international collaborations, the presence of outstanding scientific personalities in the team, etc, enter the model as noise, so that s = a + noise.
Concentration versus dispersion of research resources: a contribution to the debate