It is today regarded as a pre-eminent artistic commentary on apartheid.
Gates has repeatedly lauded Petraeus as “the pre-eminent soldier-scholar of his generation.”
pre-eminent naval historian Craig L. Symonds talks about how the Allies devised, executed, and then survived the D-Day invasion.
also preeminent, mid-15c., from Medieval Latin preeminentem, from Latin praeeminentem (nominative praeeminens), present participle of praeeminare "to transcend, excel," literally "to project forward, rise above" (see pre-eminence). Related: Pre-eminently; preeminently.