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adjective supreme pronunciation in American English /sʊˈprim/
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  1. 1
    most important, or most powerful
    NATO’s supreme commander in Kosovo
    1. a.
      used in the titles of government, legal, or military institutions that have the highest level of power
      the Supreme Court
      a meeting of the Supreme Council of State
  2. 2
    [only before noun] very great
    With a supreme effort of will, Isabel swallowed the medicine.
    Television exposure is of supreme importance in American politics.
    supreme confidence/arrogance
    He’s a supreme example of the English eccentric.



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