|Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (18701938). Rogets International Thesaurus. 1922.|
|Class V. Words Releasing to the Voluntary Powers|
|Division (I) Individual Volition|
| Section II. Prospective Volition|
| 2. Degree of Subservience|
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|NOUN:||IMPORTANCE, consequence, moment, prominence, consideration, mark, materialness, materiality.|
greatness [See Greatness]; superiority [See Superiority]; notability (repute) [See Repute]; weight (influence) [See Influence]; value (goodness) [See Goodness]; usefulness [See Utility].
IMPORT, significance, concern; emphasis, interest.
GRAVITY, seriousness, solemnity; no joke, no laughing matter; pressure, urgency, stress; matter of life and death.
MEMORABILIA, notabilia, great doings; red-letter day.
SALIENT POINT, outstanding feature; great -thing, - point; main chance, the be-all and the end-all [Macbeth]; cardinal point; substance, gist (essence) [See Intrinsicality]; sum and substance, gravamen, head and front; important -, principal -, prominent -, essential- part; half the battle; sine quâ non [L.]; breath of ones nostrils (life) [See Life]; cream, salt, core, kernel, heart, nucleus; key, keynote; keystone; corner stone; trump card (device) [See Plan].
CHIEF, top sawyer, first fiddle, prima donna, triton among the minnows; it [U. S.]; the only pebble on the beach [U. S.]; burra (or bara) sahib [India]; bigwig [See Nobility].
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|VERB:||BE IMPORTANT &c. adj.; be somebody, be something; import, signify, matter, be an object; carry weight (influence) [See Influence]; make a figure (repute) [See Repute]; be in the ascendant, come to the front, lead the way, take the lead, play first fiddle, throw all else into the shade; lie at the root of; deserve -, merit -, be worthy of- -notice, - regard, - consideration.|
VALUE; attach -, ascribe -, give- importance &c. n.- to; care for; set store -upon, - by; mark [See Indication]; mark with a white stone, underline; write -, put -, print- in -italics, - capitals, - large letters, - large type, - bold-faced type, - letters of gold; accentuate, emphasize, lay stress on.
MAKE MUCH OF; make -a fuss, - a stir, - a piece of work, - much ado- about.
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|ADJECTIVE:||IMPORTANT; of importance &c. n.; momentous, material; to the point; not to be -overlooked, - despised, - sneezed at [colloq.]; egregious; weighty (influential) [See Influence]; of note (repute) [See Repute]; notable, prominent, salient, signal; memorable, remarkable; worthy of -remark, - notice; never to be forgotten; stirring, eventful.|
in the front rank, first-rate, A1 or A number 1 [colloq.], first chop [Anglo-Ind. & colloq.]; superior [See Superiority]; considerable (great) [See Greatness]; marked &c. v.; rare [See Infrequency].
GRAVE, serious, earnest, noble, grand, solemn, impressive, commanding, imposing.
URGENT, pressing, critical, instant.
PARAMOUNT, essential, vital, all-absorbing, radical, cardinal, chief, main, prime, primary, principal, leading, capital, foremost, overruling; of vital &c. importance.
SIGNIFICANT, telling, trenchant, emphatic, pregnant; tanti [L.].
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|ADVERB:||IN THE MAIN; materially &c. adj.; above all, in the first place, before everything else; kat exochen [Greek], par excellence [F.], to crown all.|
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- Expende Hannibalem!Juvenal
- Delenda est Carthago!Cato
- First cast out the beam out of thine own eye.Bible
- We talked about all those great things for which literature is too small and only life large enough.Chesterton