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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Definitions for eminence grise

  1. a person who wields power or exerts influence behind the scenes

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Citations for eminence grise
Some might hypothesize that Mr. Kissinger's perpetual re-emergence as eminence grise reflects the tendency of presidents to change their views after taking office and gradually move in Mr. Kissinger's direction. James Mann, New York Times
Considerably less known in the West than his comrades, he prefers the role of eminence grise. , Time
Origin of eminence grise
by 1838, French for "gray eminence"; originally used in French for Pere Joseph, a monk who was Cardinal Richelieu's confidential agent, for the gray habit he wore, in contrast to the Cardinal's red habit