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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 ?
They are ordinarily men to whom forms are of paramount importance.
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.
Slowly and steadily we kept on our way over this dangerous part of the ascent, and I dare say it was fortunate for some of us that attention was distracted from the head by the paramount necessity of looking after the feet; FOR, WHILE ON THE LEFT THE INCLINE OF ICE WAS SO STEEP THAT IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR ANY MAN TO SAVE HIMSELF IN CASE OF A SLIP, UNLESS THE OTHERS COULD HOLD HIM UP, ON THE RIGHT WE MIGHT DROP A PEBBLE FROM THE HAND OVER PRECIPICES OF UNKNOWN EXTENT DOWN UPON THE TREMENDOUS GLACIER BELOW.
it is of more importance than anything else - it is of paramount importance - that my brother should not be disturbed or made uncomfortable.
The STYGIAN Councel thus dissolv'd; and forth In order came the grand infernal Peers, Midst came thir mighty Paramount, and seemd Alone th' Antagonist of Heav'n, nor less Then Hells dread Emperour with pomp Supream, And God-like imitated State; him round A Globe of fierie Seraphim inclos'd With bright imblazonrie, and horrent Arms.
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.
To avoid the confusion which would unavoidably result from the contradictory decisions of a number of independent judicatories, all nations have found it necessary to establish one court paramount to the rest, possessing a general superintendence, and authorized to settle and declare in the last resort a uniform rule of civil justice.
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.
The noble woman met with none but common souls in whom the reckoning of actual interests was paramount, and who knew nothing of the nobler calculations of sentiment.
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.
is the fixed point, the latter force is paramount, and only accident of a series of accidents can balance it.
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.