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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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  • As the party began to descend from the western slope of the Blue Mountains, the view was surpassingly grand.

    A History of Oregon, 1792-1849 William Henry Gray
  • How is it, lady, that you are of such a surpassingly beautiful colour?

    Pussy and Doggy Tales Edith Nesbit
  • How surpassingly beautiful are the features of his countenance; the eyes, the nose, the mouth!

    Thoughts on Man William Godwin
  • I must declare that, all in all, the scenery of the province is surpassingly beautiful.

    Acadia Frederic S. Cozzens
  • It is in this word-painting that he is surpassingly admirable.

  • It was truly a clever sketch of a surpassingly lovely scene.

    The Giant of the North R.M. Ballantyne
  • The evening was a delightful one, and the scene one of surpassingly romantic beauty.

    Bucholz and the Detectives Allan Pinkerton
  • The prairies were bright that morning, and surpassingly beautiful.

    The Young Fur Traders R.M. Ballantyne
  • To the ogress the steward served up, in place of Day, a young kid so tender that she found it surpassingly delicious.

    Old-Time Stories Charles Perrault
British Dictionary definitions for surpassingly


exceptional; extraordinary
(obsolete or poetic) (intensifier): surpassing fair
Derived Forms
surpassingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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