Excellence Ex"cel*lence, n. [F. excellence, L. excellentia.] 1. The quality of being excellent; state of possessing good qualities in an eminent degree; exalted merit; superiority in virtue. [1913 Webster]

Consider first that great Or bright infers not excellence. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. An excellent or valuable quality; that by which any one excels or is eminent; a virtue. [1913 Webster]

With every excellence refined. --Beattie. [1913 Webster]

3. A title of honor or respect; -- more common in the form {excellency}. [1913 Webster]

I do greet your excellence With letters of commission from the king. --Shak.

Syn: Superiority; pre["e]minence; perfection; worth; goodness; purity; greatness. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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