the fact or state of excelling; superiority; eminence: his excellence in mathematics.
an excellent quality or feature: Use of herbs is one of the excellences of French cuisine.
(usually initial capital letter) excellency ( def 1 ).

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin excellentia. See excel, -ence

superexcellence, noun

1. preeminence, transcendence, distinction. 2. merit, virtue.

2. inferiority.
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excellence (ˈɛksələns)
1.  the state or quality of excelling or being exceptionally good; extreme merit; superiority
2.  an action, characteristic, feature, etc, in which a person excels

Excellency or Excellence (ˈɛksələnsɪ)
n (usually preceded by Your, His, or Her) , pl -lencies, -lences
1.  a title used to address or refer to a high-ranking official, such as an ambassador or governor
2.  RC Church a title of bishops and archbishops in many non-English-speaking countries
Excellence or Excellence

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from Fr. excellence, from L. excellentia, from excellentem (see excellent).
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Example sentences
College teaching experience is desirable, and a commitment to excellence in
  teaching is expected.
In their different ways they try to identify beacons of excellence and
Billion dollar views, utmost excellence in dining and environment.
First, genetic research is plagued par excellence with irreproducible results.
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