noun, plural su·per·men.
Examples from the Web for superman
Can you imagine Superman being handed over to a writer just a notch above amateur?
That all-American iconography has always been so potent in the Superman myth.Christopher Nolan Uncut: On ‘Interstellar,’ Ben Affleck’s Batman, and the Future of Mankind|Marlow Stern|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When she joins Batman and Superman in the Justice Society of America, she does so as secretary.
Marston wrote that Wonder Woman needed “all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.”
On the top shelf, sandwiched between Detective Comics No.27 and Superman No.1, are three issues of Actions Comics No.1.The Holy Grail of Comic Books Hid in Plain Site at New York Comic Con|Sujay Kumar|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He, and not the beefy brute or the intellectual paragon, would be Superman.A Poor Man's House|Stephen Sydney Reynolds
Then, with the strength of a superman, he dragged it until it leaned just below our window, and stood gasping at its base.Explorers of the Dawn|Mazo de la Roche
If the Superman will come by human selection, what sort of Superman are we to select?George Bernard Shaw|Gilbert K. Chesterton
It had been twenty-four hours since he had seen the superman walk into his gray globe and vanish.Instant of Decision|Gordon Randall Garrett
Did not Oliver himself—a superman if ever there was one—fail in his efforts to make better those whom he ruled?War Letters of a Public-School Boy|Paul Jones.
British Dictionary definitions for superman
noun plural -men
Word Origin and History for superman
1903, coined by George Bernard Shaw to translate German Übermensch, "highly evolved human being that transcends good and evil," from "Thus Spake Zarathustra" (1883-91), by Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900). First used in German by Hermann Rab (1520s), and also used by Herder and Goethe. Translated as overman (1895) and beyond-man (1896) before Shaw got it right in his play title "Man and Superman" (1903). Application to comic strip hero is from 1938.
So was created ... Superman! champion of the oppressed, the physical marvel who had sworn to devote his existence to helping those in need! ["Action Comics," June 1, 1938]
Superwoman first recorded 1976 in the sense of "one who combines career and motherhood."
Culture definitions for superman (1 of 2)
A seemingly immortal, superhuman comic-strip character created in the late 1930s, who hides his powers beneath the persona of Clark Kent, a mild-mannered newspaper reporter. Only when there is a threat of danger — often to his fellow reporter and secret love, Lois Lane — does Clark transform himself into the caped hero with x-ray vision.
Culture definitions for superman (2 of 2)
An ideal of humanity found in Thus Spake Zarathustra, by Friedrich Nietzsche. The Superman, or Overman (the German is Übermensch), is the single goal of all human striving, for which people must be willing to sacrifice all. It is doubtful that Nietzsche thought of the Overman as an individual person.