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Definitions of superlative

  1.   Lifted up to the highest degree; most eminent; surpassing all other; supreme; as, superlative wisdom or prudence; a woman of superlative beauty; the superlative glory of the divine character.
  2.   In gram., the highest degree of comparison.
  3.   A word in the superlative degree.
  4.   Superlativeness.
  5.   Superior to all others; highest in degree; as, superlative wisdom; in grammar, expressing the highest degree: said of a form of adjectives and adverbs.
  6.   Expressing the highest or lowest degree of the quality, manner, etc., denoted by an adjective or an adverb. The superlative degree is formed from the positive by the use of - est, most, or least; as, highest, most pleasant, least bright.
  7.   an exaggerated expression ( usually of praise); " the critics lavished superlatives on it"
  8.   the highest level or degree attainable; " his landscapes were deemed the acme of beauty"; " the artist's gifts are at their acme"; " at the height of her career"; " the peak of perfection"; " summer was at its peak"; "... catapulted Einstein to the pinnacle of fame"; " the summit of his ambition"; " so many highest superlatives achieved by man"; " at the top of his profession"
  9.   Surpassing all others; most eminent; in gram., expressing the highest degree in the quality of adjectives or adverbs.
  10.   That which is highest or most eminent; the utmost degree.
  11.   Carried above others or to the highest degree: superior to all others: most eminent: ( gram.) expressing the highest degree of a quality.
  12.   Superlatively.
  13.   The highest degree of comparison of the adjective or adverb.
  14.   The highest degree of excellence; the highest degree of comparison of an adjective or adverb; a word expressing the highest degree.
  15.   The superlative degree.
  16.   highest in quality
  17.   The superlative or highest degree of adjectives and adverbs.
  18.   the superlative form of an adjective; "` best' is the superlative form of ` good'"
  19.   The superlative degree of adjectives and adverbs; also, a form or word by which the superlative degree is expressed; as, strongest, wisest, most stormy, least windy, are all superlatives.
  20.   Elevated to or expressing the highest degree.
  21.   Highest in degree; most eminent; supreme; expressing the highest degree.
  22.   Most eminent; supreme.

Usage examples for superlative

  1. So, with her own hands, she helped him prepare his outfit, and she saw to and considered those details for his comfort which, in his superlative impulse, he would probably have ignored. ” – The Heart of Unaga by Ridgwell Cullum
  2. “ Emerson has a lecture on the superlative to which he himself was never addicted. ” – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  3. “ " If criminal he be, he is of the superlative sort. ” – Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist by John T. McIntyre
  4. An exaltation of wrath intoxicated him with superlative confidence. ” – When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry by Charles Neville Buck
  5. “ I have wished only to give the reader some idea of what a Spanish conquest really was, in superlative heroism and hardship. ” – The Spanish Pioneers by Charles F. Lummis
  6. In descriptions of them superlative follows upon superlative –  by
  7. “ Emerson hates the superlative but he does unquestionably love the tingling effect of a witty over- statement. ” – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  8. The imagination invests the beloved object with a thousand superlative charms; furnishes her with all the purple and fine linen, all the rich apparel and furniture, of human nature. ” – Hyperion by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  9. Fires were lighted on the bank, negroes were here and there stretched upon the ground, sleeping with such superlative comfort that it landed ere they awoke. ” – Our World, or, The Slaveholders Daughter by F. Colburn Adams
  10. What right had any human being to fling about superlative adjectives, seeing what a big place the world is, and how little we know? ” – Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush by Ian Maclaren
  11. It is indeed superlative in color, in shadow, in form, in majesty, in variety and in general effect. ” – The-Grand-Canyon-of-Arizona-how-to-see-it by James, George Wharton
  12. It was in his business qualities- and these, after all, are the most essential to success, that Mr. Darwin showed himself so superlative – Luck or Cunning? by Samuel Butler
  13. He'd been too long in the game not to recognize a superlative opponent when he saw one. ” – Frigid Fracas by Dallas McCord Reynolds
  14. She seemed wholly unable to find words enough to express the superlative insolence of her servant. ” – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  15. It is a story in which the sober truth can only be told in superlative terms. ” – Roman Women Woman: In All Ages and in All Countries, Volume 2 (of 10) by Alfred Brittain
  16. The following superlative summary is put into the mouth of a minor character, but I think it is fairly representative of Remington's later attitude. ” – H. G. Wells by J. D. Beresford
  17. Adjectives are regularly compared by adding the syllables er and est to the positive to form the comparative and superlative degrees. ” – Composition-Rhetoric by Stratton D. Brooks
  18. Most is an a adverb of degree, compared, much, more, most, and found in the superlative – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  19. “ I would not say it is the superlative – Letters from a Father to His Son Entering College by Charles Franklin Thwing
  20. Benson- superlative Benson- has turned his shoulders upon Raynham. ” – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith