1. That which is eminent or lofty; a high ground or place; a height. "Without either eminences or cavities." (Dryden) "The temple of honor ought to be seated on an eminence." (Burke)

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)

3. A title of honor, especially applied to a cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church.

Origin: L. Eminentia, fr. Eminens eminent: cf. F. Eminence.

(01 Mar 1998)

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