2. An elevated condition among men; a place or station above men in general, either in rank, office, or celebrity; social or moral loftiness; high rank; distinction; preferment. You 've too a woman's heart, which ever yet affected eminence, wealth, sovereignty. (Shak)
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... to be opposed to the interests of science and humanity He alluded to the weight of authority that had been brought to bear against it - men of eminence, like Sir B. Brodie and Professor Owen, being opposed to it, and concluded, amid much cheering, by denouncing it as degrading to man, and as ...
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