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[soo-per-hyoo-muh n or, often, -yoo-]
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  1. above or beyond what is human; having a higher nature or greater powers than humans have: a superhuman being.
  2. exceeding ordinary human power, achievement, experience, etc.: a superhuman effort.
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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
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Related Words for superhuman

godlike, extraordinary, supernatural, uncanny, heroic, divine, great, Herculean, omnipotent, preternatural, bionic

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British Dictionary definitions for superhuman


  1. having powers above and beyond those of mankind
  2. exceeding normal human ability or experience
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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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