[ser-pas-ing, -pah-sing]


of a large amount or high degree; exceeding, excelling, or extraordinary: structures of surpassing magnificence.


in a surpassing manner; extraordinarily.

Origin of surpassing

First recorded in 1570–80; surpass + -ing2
Related formssur·pass·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for surpassingly

Contemporary Examples of surpassingly

Historical Examples of surpassingly

  • How is it, lady, that you are of such a surpassingly beautiful colour?

  • I must declare that, all in all, the scenery of the province is surpassingly beautiful.


    Frederic S. Cozzens

  • It was truly a clever sketch of a surpassingly lovely scene.

    The Giant of the North

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • The prairies were bright that morning, and surpassingly beautiful.

    The Young Fur Traders

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • To me the veldt, in its sober winter garb, was surpassingly beautiful.

    Following the Equator, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

British Dictionary definitions for surpassingly



exceptional; extraordinary


obsolete, or poetic (intensifier)surpassing fair
Derived Formssurpassingly, adverb
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