preferment


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pre·fer·ment

 (prĭ-fûr′mənt)
n.
1. The act of advancing to a higher position or office; promotion.
2. A position, appointment, or rank giving advancement, as of profit or prestige.
3. The act of preferring or the state of being preferred.

preferment

(prɪˈfɜːmənt)
n
1. the act of promoting or advancing to a higher position, office, etc
2. the state of being preferred for promotion or social advancement
3. the act of preferring

pre•fer•ment

(prɪˈfɜr mənt)

n.
1. the act of preferring.
2. the state of being preferred.
3. advancement or promotion, esp. in the church.
4. a position or office affording social or pecuniary advancement.
[1425–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.preferment - the act of preferring; "the preferment went to the younger candidate"
promotion - act of raising in rank or position
2.preferment - the act of making accusations; "preferment of charges"
accusal, accusation - a formal charge of wrongdoing brought against a person; the act of imputing blame or guilt

preferment

noun promotion, rise, upgrading, dignity, advancement, elevation, exaltation He was told by the governors that he could expect no further preferment.
Translations

preferment

[prɪˈfɜːmənt] N (esp Rel) (= promotion) → ascenso m, promoción f; (= nomination) → nombramiento m (to a) to get prefermentser ascendido

preferment

n
(esp Eccl: = promotion) → Beförderung f
(Jur) preferment of chargesKlageerhebung f
References in classic literature ?
One day it offered itself to a Truly Good Man, who, after examining the label and finding the price was exactly twice as great as he was willing to pay, spurned the Political Preferment from his door.
We are now returning to Edinburgh in order to get some preferment in the Acting way; and such my Dear Cousin is our History.
But though this complacence to one whom the captain thoroughly despised, was not so uneasy to him as it would have been had any hopes of preferment made it necessary to show the same submission to a Hoadley, or to some other of great reputation in the science, yet even this cost him too much to be endured without some motive.
and, with bonnet doffed, the future Chancellor (for to such high preferment did the wily Norman aspire) hastened to receive the orders of the future sovereign.
Morland's preferment, trebling his private fortune, bestowing a rich aunt, and sinking half the children, he was able to represent the whole family to the general in a most respectable light.
Two or three curates who had hoped for preferment told their wives it was scandalous to give a parish that needed a young, strong, and energetic man to an old fellow who knew nothing of parochial work, and had feathered his nest already; but the mutterings of the unbeneficed clergy do not reach the ears of a cathedral Chapter.
The preferment of his house reached as far back as the time of Charles IX.
It was noted, in following years, that several leaders of workmen built themselves houses and blocks of renting flats and took trips to the old countries, while, more immediately, other leaders and "dark horses" came to political preferment and the control of the municipal government and the municipal moneys.
Edward's marriage with Lucy was as firmly determined on, and the time of its taking place remained as absolutely uncertain, as she had concluded it would be;--every thing depended, exactly after her expectation, on his getting that preferment, of which, at present, there seemed not the smallest chance.
After grinding a number of dull blades - of whom it was remarkable that their fathers, when influential, were always going to help him to preferment, but always forgot to do it when the blades had left the Grindstone - he had wearied of that poor work and had come to London.
The preferment seemed to him in the nature of a well-merited reward for painstaking and intelligent service, and as a stepping stone to posts of greater importance and responsibility; but, on the other hand, he had been married to the Hon.
Even then I had a strong feeling that what our people most needed was to get a foundation in education, industry, and property, and for this I felt that they could better afford to strive than for political preferment.