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 for preeminence
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Preeminence \Pre*["e]m"i*nence\, n. [F. pr['e]['e]minence, L.
     praeeminentia. See Pre["e]minent.]
     The quality or state of being pre["e]minent; superiority in
     prominence or in excellence; distinction above others in
     quality, rank, etc.; rarely, in a bad sense, superiority or
     notoriety in evil; as, pre["e]minence in honor.
     [1913 Webster]
           The pre["e]minence of Christianity to any other
           religious scheme.                        --Addison.
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           Painful pre["e]minence! yourself to view
           Above life's weakness, and its comforts too. --Pope.
     [1913 Webster]
           Beneath the forehead's walled pre["e]minence. --Lowell.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: high status importance owing to marked superiority; "a
           scholar of great eminence" [syn: eminence, distinction,
           preeminence, note]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  89 Moby Thesaurus words for "preeminence":
     accent, accomplishment, ascendance, ascendancy, balance of power,
     concern, concernment, consequence, consequentiality, consideration,
     deanship, distinction, dominance, dominancy, domination, dominion,
     eminent domain, emphasis, excellence, exquisiteness, favor,
     greatness, high order, high rank, illustriousness, import,
     importance, incomparability, inimitability, interest, kudos, lead,
     magnificence, majority, mark, marvelousness, masterdom,
     matchlessness, materiality, merit, moment, note, one-upmanship,
     overlordship, paramountcy, peerlessness, precedence, predominance,
     predominancy, predomination, preponderance, preponderancy,
     prepotence, prepotency, prerogative, prestige, primacy,
     principality, priority, privilege, prominence, renown,
     right-of-way, self-importance, seniority, significance, skill,
     sovereignty, splendidness, splendiferousness, stress, success,
     superbness, supereminence, superexcellence, superfineness,
     superiority, supremacy, suzerainship, suzerainty, transcendence,
     transcendency, unsurpassedness, upper hand, value, virtuosity,
     weight, whip hand, worth

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