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[ser-pas-ing, -pah-sing] /sərˈpæs ɪŋ, -ˈpɑ sɪŋ/
of a large amount or high degree; exceeding, excelling, or extraordinary:
structures of surpassing magnificence.
in a surpassing manner; extraordinarily.
Origin of surpassing
First recorded in 1570-80; surpass + -ing2
Related forms
surpassingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • How is it, lady, that you are of such a surpassingly beautiful colour?

    Pussy and Doggy Tales Edith Nesbit
  • I must declare that, all in all, the scenery of the province is surpassingly beautiful.

    Acadia Frederic S. Cozzens
  • It was truly a clever sketch of a surpassingly lovely scene.

    The Giant of the North R.M. Ballantyne
  • The prairies were bright that morning, and surpassingly beautiful.

    The Young Fur Traders R.M. Ballantyne
  • To me the veldt, in its sober winter garb, was surpassingly beautiful.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • On the other hand, he had a dread of London, and Dahlia was surpassingly fair.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
  • The moon was surpassingly bright: the summer air heavy and still.

  • From near the center of the lake the view is surpassingly fine.

    The Yellowstone National Park Hiram Martin Chittenden
  • How surpassingly beautiful are the green hills and mountains on every side.

    Mary and I

    Stephen Return Riggs
British Dictionary definitions for surpassingly


exceptional; extraordinary
(obsolete or poetic) (intensifier): surpassing fair
Derived Forms
surpassingly, adverb
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