Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


There he plied his tasks so diligently that he excelled all in book-learning.

He knew how to praise—a difficult art, but he excelled in it.

Taine excelled in praise of her intellectual vigour and productivity.

He was a weakling, and had no love of boyish sports; but he excelled in scholarship.

The masterly handling of color in this picture has rarely been excelled.

This regiment was not excelled by any other in the army for that purpose.

The gales and snowstorms are excelled in horror by avalanches.

If he excelled in his business, he evidently practiced at all times to do so.

It is said that Philadelphia excelled in the quantity and quality of her sign-boards.

Mr. Sublette excelled in the use of big words; there was no doubt about that.


c.1400, from Latin excellere "to rise, surpass, be eminent," from ex- "out from" (see ex-) + -cellere "rise high, tower," related to celsus "high, lofty, great," from PIE root *kel- "to rise, be elevated" (see hill). Related: Excelled; excelling.