major


major
major
is commonly used, especially in journalism, to mean ‘important, significant’, without any notion of comparison inherent in the word's origins. A political leader invariably gives a major speech, a reference book is published in a major new edition, broadcasters produce a major new series, and major accidents occur regularly on main roads and motorways. This use is too well established for it to be condemned, but major is better used when the element of comparison is present, so that a major work is important relative to other lesser works, a major road is contrasted with a minor one, and so on.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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