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eminence

Eminence is superior status. If you become a world famous actor, the folks in your home town might treat you as an eminence when you come home for Thanksgiving. Just don't expect your family to do the same.

Eminence traces back to the Latin adjective ēminēntia, meaning high or lofty. We don't usually use it for mountain tops, however; it's social loftiness that scores eminence. Some special people are addressed as "your eminence," in the same way you'd call a judge "your honor." You can attain eminence or be an eminence. If you become a physical therapist, you might work with another kind of eminence: the high bit protruding from a bone where tendons or ligaments attach.

Definitions of eminence
  1. noun
    high status importance owing to marked superiority
    “a scholar of great eminence
    synonyms: distinction, note, preeminence
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    types:
    king
    preeminence in a particular category or group or field
    type of:
    high status
    a position of superior status
  2. noun
    a raised or elevated geological formation
    synonyms: elevation, natural elevation
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    Antonyms:
    depression, natural depression
    a sunken or depressed geological formation
    types:
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    highland, upland
    elevated (e.g., mountainous) land
    hill
    a local and well-defined elevation of the land
    mount, mountain
    a land mass that projects well above its surroundings; higher than a hill
    foreland, head, headland, promontory
    a natural elevation (especially a rocky one that juts out into the sea)
    ridge
    a long narrow natural elevation or striation
    swell
    a rounded elevation (especially one on an ocean floor)
    alp
    any high mountain
    bank
    a long ridge or pile
    bar
    a submerged (or partly submerged) ridge in a river or along a shore
    ben
    a mountain or tall hill
    butte
    a hill that rises abruptly from the surrounding region; has a flat top and sloping sides
    down
    (usually plural) a rolling treeless highland with little soil
    dune, sand dune
    a ridge of sand created by the wind; found in deserts or near lakes and oceans
    esker
    (geology) a long winding ridge of post glacial gravel and other sediment; deposited by meltwater from glaciers or ice sheets
    foothill
    a relatively low hill on the lower slope of a mountain
    hammock, hillock, hummock, knoll, mound
    a small natural hill
    ledge, shelf
    a projecting ridge on a mountain or submerged under water
    mull
    a term used in Scottish names of promontories
    point
    a promontory extending out into a large body of water
    reef
    a submerged ridge of rock or coral near the surface of the water
    ripple mark
    one of a series of small ridges produced in sand by water currents or by wind
    seamount
    an underwater mountain rising above the ocean floor
    plateau, tableland
    a relatively flat highland
    tor
    a high rocky hill
    volcano
    a mountain formed by volcanic material
    type of:
    formation, geological formation
    (geology) the geological features of the earth
  3. noun
    a protuberance on a bone especially for attachment of a muscle or ligament
    synonyms: tubercle, tuberosity
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    types:
    deltoid eminence, deltoid tuberosity
    a bump on the outside of the humerus where the deltoid muscle attaches
    type of:
    appendage, outgrowth, process
    a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant
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