[ soo-per-hyoo-muh n or, often, -yoo- ]
/ ˌsu pərˈhyu mən or, often, -ˈyu- /


above or beyond what is human; having a higher nature or greater powers than humans have: a superhuman being.
exceeding ordinary human power, achievement, experience, etc.: a superhuman effort.

Origin of superhuman

From the New Latin word superhūmānus, dating back to 1625–35. See super-, human
Related formssu·per·hu·man·i·ty [soo-per-hyoo-man-i-tee or, often, -yoo-] /ˌsu pər hyuˈmæn ɪ ti or, often, -yu-/, su·per·hu·man·ness, nounsu·per·hu·man·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for superhuman


/ (ˌsuːpəˈhjuːmən) /


having powers above and beyond those of mankind
exceeding normal human ability or experience
Derived Formssuperhumanity or superhumanness, nounsuperhumanly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for superhuman



1630s, from Medieval Latin superhumanus; see super- + human (adj.).

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