gray eminence


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gray eminence

gray′ em′inence


n.
a person who wields unofficial power, esp. through another person and often surreptitiously or privately. Also called éminence grise.
[1940–45; translation of French éminence grise]
References in classic literature ?
There was, to be sure, Father Joseph, but his name was never pronounced but with a subdued voice, such was the terror inspired by his Gray Eminence, as the cardinal's familiar was called.
The book's blurb describes him thus: "Seen by many to be the gray eminence, Jose T.
When speaking of President Carter, who may correctly be viewed as the gray eminence of global gloom, Sabin exhibits his innate reluctance to criticize greens, even when they are (as they usually are) profoundly wrong.
To me personally, he is the gray eminence of the UCK in Macedonia," Hadziu said.
But this oversight agency is the closest the Golden State comes to gray eminence.
Of course this is a big honor and a big surprise, considering that we're less than a year old and the competition in our category was formidable: ProPublica, which won a Pulitzer Prize this year, and Voice of San Diego, the gray eminence of the nonprofit news universe.
The Texas singer-songwriter now has a gray eminence air about him.
I have long been interested in what we might call the general theory of gray eminence and in leading specimens of the genus.
True, opinion pages have traditionally been the gray eminence of the newspaper, with the emphasis on gray.