KJV Dictionary Definition: eminency
EM'INENCY, n. L. eminentia, from eminens, emineo, to stand or show itself above; e and minor, to threaten, that is, to stand or push forward.
1. Elevation, highth, in a literal sense; but usually, a rising ground; a hill of moderate elevation above the adjacent ground.
The temple of honor ought to be seated on an eminence.
2. Summit; highest part.
3. A part rising or projecting beyond the rest, or above the surface. We speak of eminences on any plain or smooth surface.
4. An elevated situation among men; a place or station above men in general, either in rank,office or celebrity. Merit may place a man on an eminence, and make him conspicuous. Eminence is always exposed to envy.
5. Exaltation; high rank; distinction; celebrity; fame; preferment; conspicuousness.
Office, rank and great talents give eminence to men in society.
Where men cannot arrive at eminence, religion may make compensation, by teaching content.
6. Supreme degree.
7. Notice; distinction.
8. A title of honor given to cardinals and others.
EM'INENT, a. L. eminens, from emineo.
1. High; lofty; as an eminent place. Ezek.16.
2. Exalted in rank; high in office; dignified; distinguished. Princes hold eminent stations in society, as do ministers, judges and legislators.
3. High in public estimation; conspicuous; distinguished above others; remarkable; as an eminent historian or poet; an eminent scholar. Burke was an eminent orator; Watts and Cowper were eminent for their piety.
EM'INENTLY, adv. In a high degree; in a degree to attract observation; in a degree to be conspicuous and distinguished from others; as, to be eminently learned or useful.