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more important than anything else; supreme.


equivalent in seriousness to; virtually the same as.


less important than anything else

What is the word that completes the trio with a matching suffix?

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The Greek-derived prefix cata- means "down," so maybe catamount? – Sven Yargs Apr 30 '14 at 19:54
Catamount appears to be "a medium-sized or large wild cat" – JuJoDi Apr 30 '14 at 19:55
@SvenYargs: Cata- is nice, but both words are from Latin. And the mons part means mountain, so there is no such thing as a natural trio with "less" here. – Cerberus Apr 30 '14 at 19:58
I've got to learn how to use the universal "It's a joke" signifier properly. – Sven Yargs Apr 30 '14 at 20:02
How about surmount? (to surpass or to exceed) That would belong on the top of your set rather than the bottom, though (probably). – frances Apr 30 '14 at 20:03
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According to the American Heritage Dictionary, the words paramount and tantamount do not share any roots:

paramount [AN paramont : OFr. par, by (< Lat. per) + OFr. amont, above.]
tantamount [< obs. tantamount, an equivalent < AN tant amunter, to amount to as much.]

So not only is there no trio to complete, you don't even have a duo.

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You've ruined my day – JuJoDi Apr 30 '14 at 21:03

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