of the highest kind, quality, or order; surpassing all else or others; supreme; extreme: superlative wisdom.
being more than is proper or normal; exaggerated in language or style.
a superlative person or thing.
the utmost degree; acme.
the superlative degree.
a form in the superlative.
- su·per·la·tive·ly, adverb
- su·per·la·tive·ness, noun
- un·su·per·la·tive, adjective
- un·su·per·la·tive·ly, adverb
- un·su·per·la·tive·ness, noun
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How to use superlative in a sentence
After nine months of isolation and lockdowns and more than 300,000 deaths, it is difficult to find superlatives to fit this moment.
Hill, superlative quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs scorched the field where the next Super Bowl will be played, holding off a vintage Tom Brady-led comeback for a 27-24 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Tom Brady rallies the Bucs, but Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill show why Chiefs are NFL’s best | Eric Adelson | November 30, 2020 | Washington Post
When he discovered tentacled snakes are born knowing how to strike at prey rather than learning through failure, Catania recalls that he couldn’t “find enough superlatives to sum up these results.”‘Great Adaptations’ unravels mysteries of amazing animal abilities | Erin Garcia de Jesus | October 12, 2020 | Science News
Some have gone on to become superlative research mathematicians.At the Math Olympiad, Computers Prepare to Go for the Gold - Facts So Romantic | Kevin Hartnett | September 22, 2020 | Nautilus
Despite my aversion to superlatives, I consider communication to be one of the most difficult, important, and ubiquitous activities.Book recommendations from Fortune’s 40 under 40 in tech | Rachel King | September 4, 2020 | Fortune
In fact, the recent outpouring of travel superlative lists is already targeting the next best thing.
You will have to forgive him for labeling more than one destination in such a superlative fashion.
The interview illustrates that, among all her other superlative qualities, is a remarkable level of self awareness.11 Angelina Jolie Quotes From Her 'Maleficent' Q&A Proving She's Perfect | Marina Watts | March 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Together, we decide that the drink should be called a Cucumber superlative.
Floyd Landis was a superlative natural talent, even more so than Armstrong ever was.Dope on Wheels: Speed Read of 'Wheelmen' About Lance Armstrong | Thomas Flynn | October 16, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
I am told that it was just when I was on the point of leaving that I received your superlative epistle about the cricket eleven.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
It must, however, be ascribed chiefly to the moment of its presentation rather than to any superlative merit in the drama.Spanish Life in Town and Country | L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
All are quarried out upon a superlative scale of magnitude, and every one of them is a marvel.
It seemed the superlative compliment, though he valued feminine brains and ability.Historic Fredericksburg | John T. Goolrick
There should be a superlative form of perfect for a day like this!Patchwork | Anna Balmer Myers
British Dictionary definitions for superlative
of outstanding quality, degree, etc; supreme
(of language or style) excessive; exaggerated
a thing that excels all others or is of the highest quality
grammar the superlative form of an adjective
the highest degree; peak
- superlatively, adverb
- superlativeness, noun
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Cultural definitions for superlative
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