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[soo-per-heer-oh] /ˈsu pərˌhɪər oʊ/
noun, plural superheroes.
a hero, especially in children's comic books and television cartoons, possessing extraordinary, often magical powers.
Origin of superhero
First recorded in 1960-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For this is the secret of the soul: when the hero hath abandoned it, then only approacheth it in dreams—the superhero.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche
British Dictionary definitions for superhero


noun (pl) -roes
any of various comic-strip characters with superhuman abilities or magical powers, wearing a distinctive costume, and fighting against evil
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for superhero

1917, from super- + hero.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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