Pre*m"i*nence(?), n. [F. prminence, L. praeeminentia. See Preminent.] The quality or state of being preminent; superiority in prominence or in excellence; distinction above others in quality, rank, etc.; rarely, in a bad sense, superiority or notoriety in evil; as, preminence in honor.
The preminence of Christianity to any other religious scheme.Addison.
Painful preminence! yourself to viewPope.
Above life's weakness, and its comforts too.
Beneath the forehead's walled preminence.Lowell.
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