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Chiefest

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Chiefest First or foremost; chief; principal. "Our chiefest courtier.""The chiefest among ten thousand."
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Quotations

  • Desiderius Erasmus
    Desiderius%20Erasmus
    “It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. [Mark 10:44]”
  • Thomas Gray
    Thomas Gray
    “Youth smiles without any reason. It is one of its chiefest charms.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Superl. of Chief

Usage

In literature:

But the eyes are the soul's chiefest revelators.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
The chiefest City on this Island is called by the same Name of Mindanao.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898--Volume 39 of 55" by Various
His great and chiefest source of solace was the child.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
But let them know, that they lose hereby the chiefest good which belongs to house-keeping.
"A New Orchard And Garden" by William Lawson
Now, one of the first and chiefest considerations of the pioneer-farmer is always how he may most closely economize time and labour.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
Her society was his chiefest joy, and it is said that he ever remained faithful to her.
"Henry IV, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
They abhor Popery, judging the tree by its fruits, a test recommended by their chiefest classic.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
It is the chiefest terror of great water.
"Dwellers in the Hills" by Melville Davisson Post
That was my chiefest glory.
"The Old Countess; or, The Two Proposals" by Ann S. Stephens
The shores of the river are its chiefest attraction.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
He is altogether lovely, the chiefest among ten thousand.
"Religion & Sex" by Chapman Cohen
And the chiefest of these was his love of horses.
"The Preacher of Cedar Mountain" by Ernest Thompson Seton
When Minola Grey was a little girl her mother was one of Miss Mary Blanchet's chiefest patronesses.
"The Galaxy, Volume 23, No. 2, February, 1877" by Various
Her son was the supreme ruler of all things, and chiefest of divinities.
"The Arawack Language of Guiana in its Linguistic and Ethnological Relations" by Daniel G. Brinton
To think of you is my chiefest joy.
"Rossmoyne" by Unknown
He was not at all in a mood to mingle with those whose chiefest ambition was to be ornate.
"Eden" by Edgar Saltus
The Usurper, with that energy ever his chiefest characteristic, now raised an army to face the rebellious Duke.
"With Ring of Shield" by Knox Magee
Thou wast to me the chiefest among ten thousand friends?
"Into the Unknown" by Lawrence Fletcher
This day the ship was dressed with flags from stem to stern, and chiefest of the bunting was the Union-Jack.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
Besides, was he in a mood to thrust himself among those whose chiefest ambition was to be ornate?
"The Truth About Tristrem Varick" by Edgar Saltus
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In poetry:

The mighty God him leeds,
In chiefest of his needes,
And hath of him a speciall care,
To make him to abide,
Euen at the poynt to slide,
When worst of all he seemes to fare.
"A Tragedie of Abrahams Sacrifice" by Arthur Golding
But can I live, having lost
Chiefest part of me?
Heart is fled, and sight is crost,
These my fortunes be:
Yet deare heart goe, soone returne,
As good there as heere to burne.
"28 (Song 4)" by Mary Wroth
Samson, whose strength nought human cou'd oppose,
Slew at his death the chiefest of his foes:
So Jesus, by his suff'rings, overthrew
Death, Satan, sin, and all th' infernal crew.
"Advice, To Search For The Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard
Who hath the eyes which marry state with pleasure?
Who keeps the key of Nature's chiefest treasure?
To you, to you, all song of praise is due;
Only for you the heaven forgat all measure.
"Astrophel And Stella-First Song" by Sir Philip Sidney
The Man of Parliament bows,
And your interest, he vows,
Shall ever be his chiefest study, O;
But then self-interest here
Most plainly does appear,
For a seat in the Lower House is quite his dandy, O.
"The Actress's Ways And Means To Industriously Raise The Wind!" by Elizabeth Beverley
But I not onely feele the smart,
of al those euilles rehearsed before:
But tast the torment in my heart,
of thousand times as many more:
So that the worst of their annoyes,
Is best and chiefest of my ioyes.
"A dolefull Dumpe" by Humfrey Gifford

In science:

The chiefest puzzle is presented by helium + metals.
Astrophysics in 2005
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