excellency
noun (plural -cies) Date: 15th century 1. excellence; especially outstanding or valuable quality — usually used in plural <
so crammed, as he thinks, with excellencies — Shakespeare
>
2. — used as a title for high dignitaries of state (as a governor or an ambassador) or church (as a Roman Catholic archbishop or bishop)

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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