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importance

Roget category 642

5. Words relating to the voluntary powers
5.2. Prospective volition
›› 5.2.2. Subservience to ends

#642. Importance

noun

importance, consequence, moment, prominence, consideration, mark, materialness.
import, significance, concernemphasis, interest.
greatness etc. 31superiority etc. 33notability etc. (repute) 873weight etc. (influence) 175value etc. (goodness) 648usefulness etc. 644.
gravity, seriousness, solemnityno joke, no laughing matterpressure, urgency, stressmatter of life and death.
memorabilia, notabilia, great doingsred-letter day.
great thing, great pointmain chance, the be all and the end all" [Macbeth]; cardinal pointsubstance, gist etc. (essence) 5sum and substance, gravamen, head and frontimportant part, principal part, prominent part, essential parthalf the battlesine qua nonbreath of one's nostrils etc. (life) 359cream, salt, core, kernel, heart, nucleuskeynote, keystonecorner stonetrump card etc. (device) 626salient points.
top sawyer, first fiddle, prima donna [Sp.], chieftriton among the minnows'it' [U.S.].
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verb

be important etc. adj., be somebody, be somethingimport, signify, matter, boot, be an objectcarry weight etc. (influence) 175make a figure etc. (repute) 873be in the ascendant, come to the front, lead the way, take the lead, play first fiddle, throw all else into the shadelie at the root ofdeserve notice, merit notice, be worthy of notice, be worthy of regard, be worthy of consideration.
attach importance to, ascribe importance to, give importance to etc. n. — value, care for, set store upon, set store bymark etc. 550mark with a white stone, underlinewrite in italics, put in italics, print in italics, print in capitals, print in large letters, put in large type, put in letters.
of goldaccentuate, emphasize, lay stress on.
make a fuss about, make a fuss over, make a stir about, make a piece of work about [Fr.], make much ado aboutmake much ado of, make much of.

adjective

importantof importance etc. n. — momentous, materialto the pointnot to be overlooked, not to be despised, not to be sneezed ategregiousweighty etc. (influential) 175of note etc. (repute) 873notable, prominent, salient, signalmemorable, remarkableunforgettableworthy of remark, worthy of noticenever to be forgottenstirring, eventful.
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, overrulingof vital importance &c.. in the front rank, first-ratesuperior etc. 33considerable etc. (great) 31marked etc. v. — rare etc. 137.
significant, telling, trenchant, emphatic, pregnant tanti [Lat.].

adverb

materially etc. adj. — in the mainabove all, kat' exochin [Gr.], par excellence, to crown all, to beat all.

phrase

expende Hannibalem! [Lat.] [Juvenal].



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