prestigious

prestigious
prestigious
This older meaning ‘deceptive, illusory’, relating to the older sense of prestige, has given way to its current meaning ‘having a great reputation or influence’ to the extent that the earlier use has been largely forgotten. One of the earliest uses of the newer meaning occurs in a novel by Joseph Conrad:

• ‘You have had all these immense sums…What have I had out of them?’ It was perfectly true. He had had nothing out of them —nothing of the prestigious or the desirable things of the earth —Chance, 1913.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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