• WordNet 3.6
    • n illustriousness the property possessed by something or someone of outstanding importance or eminence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Illustriousness The state or quality of being eminent; greatness; grandeur; glory; fame.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n illustriousness The condition or quality of being illustrious; eminence; greatness: grandeur; glory.
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  • Virgil
    “I have lived, and I have run the course which fortune allotted me; and now my shade shall descend illustrious to the grave.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode.”


In literature:

Halicarnas'sus, the sons of two sisters, daughters of Sequin'ius, an illustrious citizen of Alba.
"Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome" by Oliver Goldsmith
Whom then slew Teucer first, illustrious Chief?
"The Iliad of Homer" by Homer
From the death of the illustrious Charlemagne the race had gradually but surely declined.
"Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine" by Lewis Spence
I caught a glimpse, by the torchlight, of the illustrious sufferers, as they passed the spot where I stood.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 337, November, 1843" by Various
The next king, Samsu-iluna, reigned nearly as long as his illustrious father, and similarly lived a strenuous and pious life.
"Myths of Babylonia and Assyria" by Donald A. Mackenzie
And they with all speed chose out four of their illustrious men and sent them.
"History of the Wars, Books I and II (of 8)" by Procopius
The illustrious Mayor of Paris had not the leisure to continue writing his reminiscences beyond the date of the 2d of October, 1789.
"Biographies of Distinguished Scientific Men" by Francois Arago
What a line of illustrious and distinguished men of one name for one State to produce.
"Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of William H. F. Lee (A Representative from Virginia)" by Various
Alfonso bought a photograph of the illustrious Erasmus.
"The Harris-Ingram Experiment" by Charles E. Bolton
I love these stones which are connected with so many illustrious facts.
"Corinne, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Mme de Stael

In poetry:

Brandian gli Ellenii--zappe e bipenni!
Di illustri ceneri--piene eran l'urne,
E le Olimpiadi--venian solenni
E taciturne
"Il Secolo Di Pericle" by Ferdinando Fontana
But thine illustrious sacrifice
Hath answered these demands:
And peace and pardon from the skies
Came down by Jesus' hands.
"Hymn 38 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Lord B. was a nobleman bold
Who came of illustrious stocks,
He was thirty or forty years old,
And several feet in his socks.
"The Force of Argument" by William Schwenck Gilbert
When that illustrious day shall rise,
And all thy armies shine
In robes of vict'ry through the skies,
The glory shall be thine.
"Hymn 37 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Mtatsminda to its bosom folds
That tomb illustrious and grand,
And sends St. David fervent prayers
To shield fore'et his native land
"Dawn" by Akaki Tsereteli
And all the nation lauds to-day
The statesman, long since dead and gone;
Adding its tribute unto those we pay
To our illustrious son.
"John Bright" by William Baron

In news:

The late Pierre Matisse (1900-1989), the younger son of the French master Henri Matisse , was one of the most illustrious art dealers of his day.
Illustrious 3-D adaptation of 'Life of Pi' book is faithful to its telling.
Wed, Nov 7, 7:30-8pm: MinneCulture explores the illustrious history of Hennepin Avenue.
During the ceremony, the illustrious star of stage and screen was presented with a lifetime achievement award.
Latest neck surgery imperils Manning's illustrious career.
Illustrious Illustrations – courtesy of the artist and "Vogue Japan.".
350 HMS Illustrious from Airfix.
The fifth warship so-named, HMS Illustrious has served the Royal Navy since 1982.
Although smaller than the typical aircraft carrier, Illustrious and its sister ships have proven to be invaluable.
Donnie Eugene Pogue retired on January 3, 2006, after an illustrious career of service to the United States of America, spanning nearly half a century.
I imagine that every team out there could put together a list like this, but Seattle in particular, has a pretty illustrious list of former players out there who, if they all played together, could be seriously potent team.
More importantly, Pyramid 's interior is cleaner than that of its illustrious neighbor to the south, the Harbor Lights saloon.
Safety Jordan Kovacs will leave the University of Michigan as one of the most respected players in the school's illustrious football history.
Renowned names in typesetting merge Monotype and Linotype — two of the most illustrious "names" in the printing industry — have merged.
Former Columbia City High School stand-out Leah Eber finished an illustrious career in track for Purdue as the Boilermakers' top long jumper in the school's history.

In science:

Studies of charm hadrons have had an illustrious past; they were instrumental in the Standard Model gaining universal acceptance.
Heavy Flavour Physics: On Its More Than 50 Years Of History, Its Future And The Rio Manifesto
The quest for the origin of the cosmological constant and its possible significance as a fundamental trace of quantum cosmological processes is, in my view, one of the most exciting and illustrious scientific endeavours in early 21st century physics.
Report to Anaximander: A Dialogue on the Origin of the Cosmos in the Cradle of Western Civilization
Zeno was a disciple of Parmenides, the most illustrious representative of the Eleatic philosophy.
Zeno meets modern science
The study of weak decays of hadrons has an illustrious history in nuclear physics and has provided key input for the development of the SM.
Nuclei as Laboratories: Nuclear Tests of Fundamental Symmetries
Massive star winds became a hot research topic at the very start of Henny’s illustrious career.
Mass loss summary - a personal perspective