- 1Highest in rank or authority: a unified force with a supreme commanderMore example sentences
- The commanders in chief exercised supreme authority in their respective zones and acted in concert on questions affecting the whole country.
- It was also entirely possible, although I don't recall, that the president would also have to put his signature on a document as the supreme authority in the Niger regime.
- Unity can be achieved only by maintaining a strict homogeneity of views or submission or subordination to a single authority, necessarily the supreme leader of the Communist Party.
- 1.1Most important or powerful: on the race track he reigned supremeMore example sentences
- The dinosaurs reigned supreme for 135 million years, until another comet colliding with Earth took them out.
- Daddy was obliterated and the Chief reigned supreme!
- Gunpowder reigned supreme until the invention of more powerful substances, notably nitroglycerin and its offshoot, dynamite.
- 2Very great or the greatest: he was nerving himself for a supreme effortMore example sentences
- Coaches and athletes, some of them interviewed anonymously, say that after one supreme national effort, the hothouse intensity of the Chinese way will not survive the 2008 games.
- I was lucky in that I already knew about half the people there, but it seemed very easy to wander up and talk to the ones I didn't know, primarily because of the supreme efforts of our host and his team of helpers to make us feel at home.
- I knew that holding the candy in her plump little hands all that time without unwrapping it represented a supreme effort of the will for my incurably chocoholic daughter.
- 2.2(Of a penalty or sacrifice) involving death: our comrades who made the supreme sacrificeMore example sentences
- What is there to say to the anguished mother who asks why her child's death wasn't important enough to warrant the supreme penalty?
- We want to pay our tribute to those loved ones, those departed individuals who made the supreme sacrifice here on the basis of their opinions about how this thing ought to be handled.
- When nations are engaged in deadly strife, it is common for patriots to declare that he who gives his life for defense of his country may be certain of a home in heaven because of having made the supreme sacrifice.
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the Supreme Being
- A name for God.More example sentences
- There is ongoing interdependence between the living, the living-dead (those remembered by name), spirits and divinities, and the Supreme Being.
- All that they require, by the way, is a belief in a Supreme Being - a monotheist god or absolute reality.
- Contrary to prevailing misconceptions, Hindus all worship a one Supreme Being, though by different names.
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- In general, it occurs only when they are either supremely confident or extremely desperate.
- To sacrifice so many lives on the altar of a better tomorrow is the act either of the supremely confident or the desperately unsure.
- The girl, in particular, is supremely effective at conveying an air of sinister vulnerability.
late 15th century (in the sense 'highest'): from Latin supremus, superlative of superus 'that is above', from super 'above'.