Em"i*nence (?), n. [L. eminentia, fr. eminens eminent: cf. F. 'eminence.]


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.


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.


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


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