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paramount

par·a·mount

paramount

 
 
pronunciation:
pae r maUnt
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
features:
Word Combinations (adjective)
part of speech: adjective
definition: foremost in importance, power, or the like; chief.
The safety of the citizens was the paramount concern of the mayor at that point.The usefulness of the plant in treating disease was of paramount interest to the researchers.It's obvious that the health of her patients is paramount to the doctor.Of paramount importance is the issue of fairness in the hiring of new employees.
synonyms:
capital, chief, first, main, predominant, prime, principal, sovereign, supreme
similar words:
cardinal, lead, leading, preeminent, premiere, primary, senior, significant, superior, top, ultimate, uppermost, vital
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part of speech: noun
definition: a person of highest authority; overlord.
synonyms:
overlord
similar words:
chief, head, leader, potentate, sovereign
derivation: paramountly (adv.)