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Princeton's WordNet

  1. greatness, illustriousnessnoun

    the property possessed by something or someone of outstanding importance or eminence

  2. enormousness, grandness, greatness, immenseness, immensity, sizeableness, vastness, widenessnoun

    unusual largeness in size or extent or number


  1. greatnessnoun

    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. uE000301542uE001 Shakespeare

  2. greatnessnoun

    Pride; haughtiness.

    It is not of pride or greatness that he cometh not aboard your ships. uE000301543uE001 Francis Bacon.

  3. Etymology: greátnes.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Greatnessnoun

    Etymology: from great.

    We can have no positive idea of any space or duration, which is not made up of and commensurate to repeated numbers of feet or yards, or days or years, and whereby we judge of the greatness of these sort of quantities. John Locke.

    All absent good does not, according to the greatness it has, or is acknowledged to have, cause pain equal to that greatness, as all pain causes desire equal to itself; because the absence of good is not always a pain, as the presence of pain is. John Locke.

    Zeal, in duties, should be proportioned to the greatness of the reward, and the certainty. John Rogers, Sermon 13.

    Farewel, a long farewel to all my greatness. William Shakespeare.

    So many
    As will to greatness dedicate themselves. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    I beg your greatness not to give the law
    In other realms; but beaten, to withdraw. John Dryden, Æn.

    Approaching greatness met him with her charms
    Of pow’r and future state;
    He shook her from his arms. Dryden.

    Themistocles raised the Athenians to their greatness at sea, which he thought to be the true and constant interest of that commonwealth. Jonathan Swift.

    My lord would have you know, that it is not of pride or greatness that he cometh not aboard your ships. Francis Bacon.

    Greatness of mind and nobleness their seat
    Build in her loveliest. John Milton.

    Greatness with Timon dwells in such a draught,
    As brings all Brobdignag before your thought. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Greatnessnoun

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

  2. Greatnessnoun

    pride; haughtiness

  3. Etymology: [AS. gretnes.]


  1. Greatness

    Greatness is a concept of a state of superiority affecting a person, object, or place. Greatness can also be referred to individuals who possess a natural ability to be better than all others. The concept carries the implication that the particular person or object, when compared to others of a similar type, has clear advantage. As a descriptive term it is most often applied to a person or their work, and may be qualified or unqualified. An example of an expression of the concept in a qualified sense would be "Winston Churchill was one of the greatest wartime leaders". In the unqualified sense it might be stated "Winston Churchill achieved greatness within his own lifetime", thus implying that "greatness" is a definite and identifiable quality. Application of the terms "great" and "greatness" is dependent on the perspective and subjective judgements of those who apply them. Whereas in some cases the perceived "greatness" of a person, place or object might be agreed upon by many, this is not necessarily the case, and the perception of "greatness" may be both fiercely contested and highly individual. Historically, in Europe, rulers were sometimes given the attribute "the Great", as in Alfred the Great and Peter the Great. The Latin equivalent "Magnus" was also used, as in Albertus Magnus and Carolus Magnus. The English language uses the Latin term magnum opus, to describe certain works of art and literature.

Editors Contribution

  1. greatness

    Greatness is a lifetime journey that requires, Vision,commitment,courage and the Spirit of GOD.

    JESUS,Joseph and Joshua.

    Submitted by oyelekejoshua on July 11, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of greatness in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of greatness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of greatness in a Sentence

  1. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley:

    There is greatness in South Carolina, a greatness embodied by our people, a greatness unequaled in our country. We have all seen it. We all know it.

  2. Goa Kerle:

    If you desire greatness, seek it within yourself, not elsewhere, and you will surely find it.

  3. Dejan Stojanovic:

    He thought others were small; that was his greatness.

  4. Karl Turk:

    Reggie inspired me and helped me to embrace who I was, for that moment, I felt he believed in me and saw my potential for greatness.

  5. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani:

    Implementation Day -- I thank God for this blessing bow to the greatness of the patient nation of Iran. Congrats on this glorious victory!

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