par excellence


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par ex·cel·lence

 (pär ĕk-sə-läNs′)
adj.
Being the best or truest of a kind; quintessential: a diplomat par excellence.

[French : par, by + excellence, preeminence.]
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par excellence

(par ɛksɛlɑ̃s; English pɑːr ˈɛksələns)
adv
to a degree of excellence; beyond comparison: she is the charitable lady par excellence.
[literally: by (way of) excellence]
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par ex•cel•lence

(pɑr ˌɛk səˈlɑns, ˈɛk səˌlæns)
adj.
being an example of excellence; superior: an orator par excellence.
[< French]
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par excellence

A French phrase meaning by excellence, used to mean done or being to the highest degree or standard.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.par excellence - to a degree of excellence; "he is the honest politician par excellence"
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Translations
excellemmentpar excellence

par excellence

[ˌpɑːrˈeksəlɑ̃ːns] ADVpor excelencia
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par excellence

[ˌpɑːrˈɛksəlɑːns]
adjpar excellence
It was a conflict of interest par excellence → C'était un conflit d'intérêt par excellence.
adv (= to the highest degree)
Bresson is par excellence the Catholic film-maker → Bresson est le réalisateur catholique par excellence.
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par excellence

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par excellence

[ˌpɑːrˈɛksələːns] advper eccellenza
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To this class, all that is AWFUL is bad, in fact it is THE evil par excellence. Strength, health, superabundance of animal spirits and power, are regarded with hate, suspicion, and fear by the subordinate class.
The Mediterranean, the blue sea par excellence, "the great sea" of the Hebrews, "the sea" of the Greeks, the "mare nostrum" of the Romans, bordered by orange-trees, aloes, cacti, and sea-pines; embalmed with the perfume of the myrtle, surrounded by rude mountains, saturated with pure and transparent air, but incessantly worked by underground fires; a perfect battlefield in which Neptune and Pluto still dispute the empire of the world!
Of those three varieties of fore-and-aft rig, the cutter - the racing rig PAR EXCELLENCE - is of an appearance the most imposing, from the fact that practically all her canvas is in one piece.
The display with which it is to be attended will be something rare and out of the common, for it will be celebrated in a meadow adjoining the town of the bride, who is called, par excellence, Quiteria the fair, as the bridegroom is called Camacho the rich.
In Charles I.'s time Shoreditch was the dramatic quarter of London par excellence.--
The Chinese are the servants par excellence. So are the Japanese, when you find a good one, but not so good as the Chinese.
The cabin of Uncle Tom was a small log building, close adjoining to "the house," as the negro par excellence designates his master's dwelling.
The undoubted beauty of the family, par excellence, was the youngest, Aglaya, as aforesaid.
Penetrating through a portal by no means lofty into the precincts of the House which is THE House, PAR EXCELLENCE in the minds of many millions of men, he was met at last by the volatile and revolutionary Toodles.
I do not dare offer to share my apartments with you, as I shared yours at Rome -- I, who do not profess egotism, but am yet egotist par excellence; for, except myself, these rooms would not hold a shadow more, unless that shadow were feminine."
Abiodun described the former deputy governor as an astute administrator and a politician par excellence who contributed immensely to the socio-economic and political development of Ogun State.