Pre*em"i*nence (?), n. [F. pr'e'eminence, L. praeeminentia. See Preeminent.]
The quality or state of being preeminent; superiority in prominence or in excellence; distinction above others in quality, rank, etc.; rarely, in a bad sense, superiority or notoriety in evil; as, preeminence in honor.
The preeminence of Christianity to any other religious scheme.
Painful preeminence! yourself to view
Above life's weakness, and its comforts too.
Beneath the forehead's walled preeminence.
© Webster 1913.