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of the first magnitude

Of major importance or significance. You have to study Shakespeare because he is a poet of the first magnitude. We need to close the highway immediately—this is an accident of the first magnitude.
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These are matters of the first magnitude for the NZIIA if it wants to position itself more usefully in the Track 2 landscape.
The weight of the evidence continues to suggest that making the tax cuts permanent is fiscal folly of the first magnitude.
But the invasion of Iraq turned out to be a strategic, tactical, political and moral blunder of the first magnitude.
Wouldn't it be a tragedy of the first magnitude that while our president is going around the world calling for the rule of law .
Professor John Malcolm Russell of the Massachusetts College of Art says that looting at the Sennacherib palace in Nineveh during the tumultuous '90s already amounts to ''a world heritage disaster of the first magnitude.
Sadly, the commission does not address the contracting issue in any meaningful way--and that is a failing of the first magnitude, since there are few actions that can match the threat of a loss of work in shattering employee morale and confidence in their employer.
STARDOM: The 1964 African adventure epic Zulu (1964) brought Caine to international attention but it was the role of Harry Palmer in The Ipcress File (1965) and the title role of Alfie (1966) that made him a star of the first magnitude.
Koch shows the Hitler Youth to have been a sociopolitical phenomenon of the first magnitude, specifically as a perversion of the educational process in order to generate fanaticism in the entire youth of a nation--and in that respect, to have been remarkably effective until war and defeat terminated the Nazi regime.
Pharmacy is the raison d'etre of the industry, and anything that threatens it is a concern of the first magnitude.
The conjunction of these two exhibits, according to Maxwell Anderson, director of the Whitney, "is an intellectual and cultural event of the first magnitude, making it possible to speak of 2001 as the Year of Mies.
However, one luminous star of the first magnitude did slip into Toronto almost unnoticed to add lustre to that inaugural year--Jeanne Moreau.
They said he had created the answer to an age-old problem and that "it was a time-and-labor-saving device of the first magnitude.
34) In addition, the flash of Jupiter's thunderbolt in the fresco strikes the tip of the River Eridanus where the great star Acarnar, a star of the first magnitude, had the astrological nature of Jupiter.