[soo-per-hyoo-muh n or, often, -yoo-]


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.

Nearby words

  1. superheterodyne,
  2. superheterodyne receiver,
  3. superhigh frequency,
  4. superhighway,
  5. superhive,
  6. superhumeral,
  7. superi,
  8. superimpose,
  9. superimposed,
  10. superincumbent

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



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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