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par·a·mount

 (păr′ə-mount′)
adj.
1. Of chief concern or importance: "My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union" (Abraham Lincoln).
2. Highest in rank, power, or authority: the paramount leader of the nation.
n.
One that has the highest rank, power, or authority.

[Anglo-Norman paramont, above : par, by (from Latin per; see per in Indo-European roots) + amont, above, upward; see amount.]

par′a·mount′cy n.
par′a·mount′ly adv.

paramount

(ˈpærəˌmaʊnt)
adj
of the greatest importance or significance; pre-eminent
n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) rare a supreme ruler
[C16: via Anglo-Norman from Old French paramont, from par by + -amont above, from Latin ad montem to the mountain]
ˈparaˌmountcy, ˈparaˌmouncy n
ˈparaˌmountly adv

par•a•mount

(ˈpær əˌmaʊnt)

adj.
1. chief in importance or impact; supreme; preeminent.
2. above others in rank or authority; superior.
n.
3. a supreme ruler; overlord.
[1525–35; < Anglo-French paramont above =par- per- + a mont < Latin ad montem to the mountain, hence, upward, above; see ad-, mount2]
par′a•mount•cy, n.
par′a•mount•ly, adv.
syn: See dominant.

paramount

, tantamount - Paramount means "primary, top," and tantamount means "equivalent to, same as"; paramount first meant "highest in jurisdiction."
See also related terms for highest.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.paramount - having superior power and influence; "the predominant mood among policy-makers is optimism"
dominant - exercising influence or control; "television plays a dominant role in molding public opinion"; "the dominant partner in the marriage"

paramount

paramount

adjective
1. Most important, influential, or significant:
2. Exercising controlling power or influence:
Translations
tärkein

paramount

[ˈpærəmaʊnt] ADJ
1. (= utmost) → sumo
of paramount importancede suma importancia
2. (= of prime importance) → primordial
solvency must be paramountla solvencia es primordial or lo más importante

paramount

[ˈpærəmaʊnt] adj [consideration, need] → prépondérant(e)
to be paramount → passer avant tout, être prépondérant(e)
of paramount importance → d'une importance capitale

paramount

adjHaupt-; to be paramountPriorität haben; our paramount aimunser Hauptziel nt; of paramount importancevon größter or höchster Wichtigkeit; the interests of the child must be paramountden Interessen des Kindes muss Priorität eingeräumt werden

paramount

[ˈpærəˌmaʊnt] adj of paramount importancedi capitale importanza
References in classic literature ?
On the other hand, he believed that the second or slave-morality, where it became paramount, led to degeneration, because it was passive and defensive, wanting merely to keep those who practised it alive.
We have been long expecting that you would tell us something about the family life of your citizens--how they will bring children into the world, and rear them when they have arrived, and, in general, what is the nature of this community of women and children-for we are of opinion that the right or wrong management of such matters will have a great and paramount influence on the State for good or for evil.
Kings had need beware, how they side themselves, and make themselves as of a faction or party; for leagues within the state, are ever pernicious to monarchies: for they raise an obligation, paramount to obligation of sovereignty, and make the king tanquam unus ex nobis; as was to be seen in the League of France.
And though of all men the moody captain of the Pequod was the least given to that sort of shallowest assumption; and though the only homage he ever exacted, was implicit, instantaneous obedience; though he required no man to remove the shoes from his feet ere stepping upon the quarter-deck; and though there were times when, owing to peculiar circumstances connected with events hereafter to be detailed, he addressed them in unusual terms, whether of condescension or in terrorem, or otherwise; yet even Captain Ahab was by no means unobservant of the paramount forms and usages of the sea.
My squire, God's curse upon him, is better at unloosing his tongue in talking impertinence than in tightening the girths of a saddle to keep it steady; but however I may be, allen or raised up, on foot or on horseback, I shall always be at your service and that of my lady the duchess, your worthy consort, worthy queen of beauty and paramount princess of courtesy.
In theory it may sound well, as is often the case with theories, but the results of ages of this unnatural practice, coupled with the community interest in the offspring being held paramount to that of the mother, is shown in the cold, cruel creatures, and their gloomy, loveless, mirthless existence.
The domestic cat that had gone wild and that preyed on his pigeons, he found, by the comparative standard, to be of no less paramount menace than a Charles Klinkner in the field of finance, trying to raid him for several millions.
So far as they touch on this case, absolute loyalty and truth are the ones paramount.
An alien, therefore, legally incapacitated for certain rights in the latter, may, by previous residence only in the former, elude his incapacity; and thus the law of one State be preposterously rendered paramount to the law of another, within the jurisdiction of the other.
As an animal, Edward excelled me far; should he prove as paramount in mind as in person I must be a slave--for I must expect from him no lion-like generosity to one weaker than himself; his cold, avaricious eye, his stern, forbidding manner told me he would not spare.
There are few men to whom it is the most important thing in the world, and they are not very interesting ones; even women, with whom the subject is of paramount interest, have a contempt for them.
What do the circumstances of life matter if your dreams make you lord paramount of time and space?