Ex"cel*len*cy (?), n.; pl. Excellencies ().

1.

Excellence; virtue; dignity; worth; superiority.

His excellency is over Israel. Ps. lxviii. 34.

Extinguish in men the sense of their own excellency. Hooker.

2.

A title of honor given to certain high dignitaries, esp. to viceroys, ministers, and ambassadors, to English colonial governors, etc. It was formerly sometimes given to kings and princes.

 

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