of the highest order

of the highest order

Of major importance or significance. You have to study Shakespeare because he is a poet of the highest order. We need to close the highway immediately—this is an accident of the highest order.
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of the highest/first ˈorder

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of a high ˈorder

of the best, worst, most extreme, etc. type: It was a scandal of the first order.
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Moreover, his poetry is for the most part lacking in delicacy and fine shading; scarcely a score of his lyrics are of the highest order.
Agnes,' 'Isabella,' 'Lamia,' the fragmentary 'Hyperion,' and his half dozen great odes, probably contains more poetry of the highest order than any other book of original verse, of so small a size, ever sent from the press.
But, for the season, after the independence of the States was established, this sect of Christians languished for the want of the highest order of its priesthood.
It is very well to say one is greater than Keats, or not so great as Wordsworth; that one is or is not of the highest order of poets like Shakespeare and Dante and Goethe; but that does not mean anything of value, and I never find my account in it.
Whist has long been noted for its influence upon what is termed the calculating power; and men of the highest order of intellect have been known to take an apparently unaccountable delight in it, while eschewing chess as frivolous.
Beyond the confines of the Galu country is little danger from the Wieroo, who seek ordinarily only Galus of the highest orders.
It saddens me to witness the hypocrisy of the highest order and the smug faces that are defending their brutalities.
WAR hero James Cockram received an honour of the highest order from Britain's wartime allies France, in a recent ceremony held in Merseyside.
NOW this really is a gathering of the highest order, as the Queen meets Pope Francis for the first time yesterday.
But one troop who served under him said: "His gallantry and experience is of the highest order and he's known for putting the welfare of his soldiers before himself.
The scope of the Bharat Ratna, which was earlier restricted to the field of "exceptional services in arts, literature and science, and in recognition of public services of the highest order" has been recently expanded to include the performance of the highest order "in any field of human endeavour" which has enabled sportspersons to dream of the honour.
Summary: President Michel Sleiman honored novelist Amin Mlouf over the weekend, bestowing upon him a Cedars Medal of the highest order.
He said: "Without doubt Mr Chetwynd's brave actions are of the highest order and worthy of recognition.
Law plays a vital role in all our lives and the need for research and scholarship of the highest order.
At the end of the day, racing was very lucky to come out of it with a comedy show of incompetence of the highest order and not a riot.