Roget category 6425. Words relating to the voluntary powers
› 5.2. Prospective volition
›› 5.2.2. Subservience to ends
import, significance, concern — emphasis, interest.
greatness etc. 31 — superiority etc. 33 — notability etc. (repute) 873 — weight etc. (influence) 175 — value etc. (goodness) 648 — usefulness etc. 644.
gravity, seriousness, solemnity — no joke, no laughing matter — pressure, urgency, stress — matter of life and death.
memorabilia, notabilia†, great doings — red-letter day.
great thing, great point — main chance, the be all and the end all" [Macbeth]; cardinal point — substance, gist etc. (essence) 5 — sum and substance, gravamen, head and front — important part, principal part, prominent part, essential part — half the battle — sine qua non — breath of one's nostrils etc. (life) 359 — cream, salt, core, kernel, heart, nucleus — keynote, keystone — corner stone — trump card etc. (device) 626 — salient points.
top sawyer, first fiddle, prima donna [Sp.], chief — triton among the minnows — 'it' [U.S.].
be something —
be an object —
make a figure
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 —
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 by — mark etc. 550 — mark with a white stone, underline — write in italics, put in italics, print in italics, print in capitals, print in large letters, put in large type, put in letters.
of gold — accentuate, 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 about — make much ado of, make much of.
to the point —
not to be overlooked,
not to be despised,
not to be sneezed at —
worthy of remark,
worthy of notice —
never to be forgotten —
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 importance &c.. in the front rank, first-rate — superior etc. 33 — considerable etc. (great) 31 — marked etc. v. — rare etc. 137.
significant, telling, trenchant, emphatic, pregnant — tanti [Lat.].
in the main —
kat' exochin [Gr.],
to crown all,
to beat all.
expende Hannibalem! [Lat.]
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Bold numbers signify related Roget categories. A dagger symbol (†) indicates archaic words and expressions no longer in common use.
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