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Acme

[AK-mee]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Greek, 16th century

1.

The point at which someone or something is best, perfect, or most successful.

Examples of Acme in a sentence

"The magazine critic claimed the Rolling Stones reached their creative acme in the 1970s."

"Many Houston Astros fans think pitcher Justin Verlander is at the acme of a long and successful career."

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About Acme

“Acme” is borrowed directly from the Greek “ἀκμή,” meaning “the highest point” or “the culminating point.”

Did you Know?

In classic Looney Tunes cartoons, “Acme” was the brand name for almost every product, from anvils to mouse traps. This satirized the trend of mid-century companies using the name “Acme” as a marketing tactic to advertise high-quality goods. In many cases, the name and the quality of the product fail to match up — as Wile E. Coyote often learned. Looney Tunes played up for laughs the disappointment of buying an “acme” product, only to discover its quality was abysmal — if not dangerously explosive.

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