2. 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." (Shak)
Origin: L. Eminentia, fr. Eminens eminent: cf. F. Eminence.
(01 Mar 1998)
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