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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/
being an example of excellence; superior; preeminent:
a chef par excellence.
above all; preeminently.
Origin of par excellence
< French Unabridged
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  • First, genetic research is plagued par excellence with irreproducible results.
  • Art collecting is a high-status activity par excellence.
  • He is a clumsy pants-presser in this picture, but a pantomimic par excellence.
  • To want to be different from the way one is is the human aspiration par excellence.
British Dictionary definitions for par excellence

par excellence

/par ɛksɛlɑ̃s; English pɑːr ˈɛksələns/
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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