paramount

[par-uh-mount]
adjective
1.
chief in importance or impact; supreme; preeminent: a point of paramount significance.
2.
above others in rank or authority; superior in power or jurisdiction.
noun
3.
a supreme ruler; overlord.

Origin:
1525–35; < Anglo-French paramont above, equivalent to par per- + a mont < Latin ad montem to the mountain, hence, in Old French: upward, above; see ad-, mount2

paramountcy, noun
paramountly, adverb
superparamount, adjective

paramount, tantamount, ultimately.


1. See dominant.


1. unimportant.
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Paramount

[par-uh-mount]
noun
a city in SW California, near Los Angeles.
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paramount (ˈpærəˌmaʊnt)
 
adj
1.  of the greatest importance or significance; pre-eminent
 
n
2.  rare a supreme ruler
 
[C16: via Anglo-Norman from Old French paramont, from par by + -amont above, from Latin ad montem to the mountain]
 
'paramountcy
 
n
 
'paramountly
 
adv

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paramount
1531, from Anglo-Fr. paramont "above" (in place, order, degree), 1339, from O.Fr. par "by" + amont "up," from a mont "upward." The whole from L. per ad montem, lit. "to the hill."
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Example sentences
Preserving wildlife, notably migratory birds and the iconic woodland caribou,
  is the paramount purpose.
Recognizing the insider power of the sentinels therefore is paramount.
Long term employment of all citizens is paramount.
If you're truly smart, you'll realize that education is paramount.
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