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 ?
A POLITICAL Preferment, labelled with its price, was canvassing the State to find a purchaser.
We are now returning to Edinburgh in order to get some preferment in the Acting way; and such my Dear Cousin is our History."
Resignation to inevitable evils is the evil duty of us all; the peculiar duty of a young man who has been so fortunate as I have been in early preferment; and I trust I am resigned.
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.
The meditations of the statesman were here interrupted by the voice of the Prince from an interior apartment, calling out, ``Noble Waldemar Fitzurse!'' 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.
I told him, "that a first or chief minister of state, who was the person I intended to describe, was the creature wholly exempt from joy and grief, love and hatred, pity and anger; at least, makes use of no other passions, but a violent desire of wealth, power, and titles; that he applies his words to all uses, except to the indication of his mind; that he never tells a truth but with an intent that you should take it for a lie; nor a lie, but with a design that you should take it for a truth; that those he speaks worst of behind their backs are in the surest way of preferment; and whenever he begins to praise you to others, or to yourself, you are from that day forlorn.
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.; from whose reign dated, as we know, fancy in bravery difficult enough to gratify.
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.