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Definitions of superlative

  1. 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"
  2. highest in quality
  3. the superlative form of an adjective; "` best' is the superlative form of ` good'"
  4. an exaggerated expression ( usually of praise); " the critics lavished superlatives on it"
  5. 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.
  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. That which is highest or most eminent; the utmost degree.
  8. 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.
  9. Superior to all others; highest in degree; as, superlative wisdom; in grammar, expressing the highest degree: said of a form of adjectives and adverbs.
  10. The highest degree of excellence; the highest degree of comparison of an adjective or adverb; a word expressing the highest degree.
  11. Superlatively.
  12. Superlativeness.
  13. Carried above others or to the highest degree: superior to all others: most eminent: ( gram.) expressing the highest degree of a quality.
  14. The superlative or highest degree of adjectives and adverbs.
  15. In gram., the highest degree of comparison.
  16. Most eminent; supreme.
  17. Elevated to or expressing the highest degree.
  18. The highest degree of comparison of the adjective or adverb.
  19. Highest in degree; most eminent; supreme; expressing the highest degree.
  20. The superlative degree.
  21. Surpassing all others; most eminent; in gram., expressing the highest degree in the quality of adjectives or adverbs.
  22. A word in the superlative degree.
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Usage examples for superlative

  1. 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
  2. " If criminal he be, he is of the superlative sort. – Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist by John T. McIntyre
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. He'd been too long in the game not to recognize a superlative opponent when he saw one. – Frigid Fracas by Dallas McCord Reynolds
  7. Benson- superlative Benson- has turned his shoulders upon Raynham. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  8. In descriptions of them superlative follows upon superlative –  by
  9. 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
  10. 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)
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. I would not say it is the superlative – Letters from a Father to His Son Entering College by Charles Franklin Thwing
  17. 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)
  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. An exaltation of wrath intoxicated him with superlative confidence. – When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry by Charles Neville Buck
  20. 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
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