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cardinal

[ kahr-dn-l ]SEE DEFINITION OF cardinal

Synonyms for cardinal

  • overriding
  • basic
  • central
  • chief
  • essential
  • first
  • fundamental
  • leading
  • main
  • primary
  • prime
  • principal
  • ruling
  • basal
  • constitutive
  • foremost
  • greatest
  • highest
  • indispensable
  • overruling
  • paramount
  • pivotal
  • preeminent
  • vital
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Antonyms for cardinal

  • additional
  • auxiliary
  • extra
  • inessential
  • inferior
  • last
  • least
  • minor
  • nonessential
  • outside
  • peripheral
  • secondary
  • subordinate
  • trivial
  • unimportant
  • unnecessary
  • insignificant
  • negligible
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CARDINAL

He had seen his uncle present himself to the Cardinal at Cawood Castle.

Cardinal Newman wrote: "Gladstone's book, as you see, is making a sensation."

Art surely no mere clerk, but bishop or cardinal at the least.

Unlike Shakespeare's cardinal, they did not die without a sign.

We spend years upon the study of character, and the cardinal features often escape us.

The King regarded him with coldness, the Cardinal with irritation.

And I must say that the Cardinal, who is a man of sense, was of the same mind.

He learnt that the Cardinal rose at six o'clock, summer and winter alike.

As soon as Pierre was alone in the Cardinal's sanctum he examined it with curiosity.

The Cardinal had again begun to walk to and fro with thoughtful step.

WORD ORIGIN

early 12c., "one of the ecclesiastical princes who constitute the sacred college" (short for cardinalis ecclesiae Romanae or episcopus cardinalis), from Latin cardinalis "principal, chief, essential" (see cardinal (adj.)).

Ecclesiastical use began for the presbyters of the chief (cardinal) churches of Rome. The North American songbird (Cardinalis virginianus) is attested from 1670s, so named for its resemblance to the cardinals in their red robes.

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