The state, condition, or quality of being great; as, greatness of size, greatness of mind, power, etc.

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon em. — Shakespeare

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  • Greatness — Great ness, n. [AS. gre[ a]tnes.] 1. The state, condition, or quality of being great; as, greatness of size, greatness of mind, power, etc. [1913 Webster] 2. Pride; haughtiness. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] It is not of pride or greatness that he cometh …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • greatness — [n1] large size abundance, amplitude, bigness, bulk, enormity, force, high degree, hugeness, immensity, infinity, intensity, length, magnitude, mass, might, potency, power, prodigiousness, sizableness, strength, vastness; concepts 730,767 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • Greatness — or preeminence is a concept that is heavily dependent on a person s perspective and biases. The term can be used to emphasize perceived superiority of a person or thing. In Europe the most lauded rulers were given the attribute the Great (e.g.… …   Wikipedia

  • greatness — index degree (magnitude), dint, distinction (reputation), eminence, importance, mass (weight) …   Law dictionary

  • greatness — late O.E. gretnys thickness, coarseness, stoutness; see GREAT (Cf. great) + NESS (Cf. ness). Meaning eminence is early 14c …   Etymology dictionary

  • greatness — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ true ▪ This book tells you nothing about the true greatness of his paintings. ▪ future, potential ▪ The Puerto Rican was tipped for future greatness. ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • Greatness — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Greatness >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 greatness greatness &c. >Adj. Sgm: N 1 magnitude magnitude Sgm: N 1 size size &c.(dimensions) 192 Sgm: N 1 multitude multitude &c.(number) 102 Sgm: N 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • greatness — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Magnitude Nouns 1. greatness, magnitude; dimensions, number; immensity, enormity; might, strength; intensity, fullness. See size, multitude, power, quantity. 2. eminence, prominence, grandeur,… …   English dictionary for students

  • greatness — n. to achieve greatness * * * [ greɪtnɪs] to achieve greatness …   Combinatory dictionary

  • greatness — great|ness [ greıtnəs ] noun uncount 1. ) a position of power, success, or respect: a woman destined for greatness 2. ) LITERARY the large and impressive character of something: the greatness of the sky …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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