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Bus/Financial - Government / Politics
|German term or phrase: graue Eminenz|
|"XXX war die graue Eminenz der Wirtschaft hinter Konrad Adenauer."|
This refers back to Cardinal Mazarin who was the Prime Minister under Louis XIV, of France. He was reputed to be the "power behind the throne". Eminence because he WAS a Cardinal.
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Inflected Form(s): plural éminences grises /same/
Etymology: French, literally, gray eminence, nickname of Père Joseph (François du Tremblay) died 1638 French monk and diplomat, confidant of Cardinal Richelieu who was known as Éminence Rouge red eminence; from the colors of their respective habits
: a confidential agent; especially : one exercising unsuspected or unofficial power
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is as good as éminence grise. Any good US-English dictionary should give you both.
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