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par excellence

[pahr ek-suh-lahns, ek-suh-lans; French pa-rek-se-lahns] /pɑr ˌɛk səˈlɑns, ˈɛk səˌlæns; French pa rɛk sɛˈlɑ̃s/
adjective
1.
being an example of excellence; superior; preeminent:
a chef par excellence.
adverb
2.
above all; preeminently.
Origin of par excellence
< French
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  • The Hazret, so his Holiness is entitled, par excellence, enjoys the reputation of being immensely rich.

  • He was, par excellence, a man of his time: in many ways even in advance of it.

    The Genius Margaret Horton Potter
  • But somehow things had changed since Mr. Gibson had become "the doctor" par excellence at Hollingford.

    Wives and Daughters Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • It is a mistake to suppose that Buffon was par excellence a maker of hypotheses.

    Form and Function E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
  • It was The Camp, par excellence, in a region devoted to camps and camping.

    The Seven Darlings Gouverneur Morris
  • But this intermediate moment is par excellence the moment for psychology.

  • Let us then bow to him, as the inventor, par excellence, of our era.

    Life of Beethoven Anton Schindler
  • In letters, in life, Mark Twain is the American par excellence.

    Mark Twain Archibald Henderson
  • Trollope was the painter, perhaps I should say the photographer, par excellence of his time.

  • Impurity is the sin, par excellence, of all unchristian people.

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for par excellence

par excellence

/par ɛksɛlɑ̃s; English pɑːr ˈɛksələns/
adverb
1.
to a degree of excellence; beyond comparison: she is the charitable lady par excellence
Word Origin
literally: by (way of) excellence
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Word Origin and History for par excellence

French, from Latin per excellentiam "by the way of excellence." From French par "by way of, by means of," from Latin per (see per). For second element see excellence.

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