Ex"cel*len*cy (?), n.; pl. Excellencies ().
Excellence; virtue; dignity; worth; superiority.
His excellency is over Israel.
Ps. lxviii. 34.
Extinguish in men the sense of their own excellency.
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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