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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Definitions for superlative

  1. of the highest kind, quality, or order; surpassing all else or others; supreme; extreme: superlative wisdom.
  2. Grammar. of, relating to, or noting the highest degree of the comparison of adjectives and adverbs, as smallest, best, and most carefully, the superlative forms of small, good, and carefully.
  3. being more than is proper or normal; exaggerated in language or style.

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Citations for superlative
For the boundless love that she has always given me and for being such a thoroughly fabulous human being, never mind a superlative mother, this book is for her. Jacqueline Nassy Brown, "Preface," Dropping Anchor, Setting Sail: Geographies of Race in Black Liverpool, 2005
The more unintelligible an author is that pleases, the greater must his genius be no doubt. The meanest may please when he makes himself understood; but he must surely be a superlative genius who pleases, whilst his readers do not understand a word he writes. , Yorick's Meditations Upon Various Interesting and Important Subjects, 1760
Origin of superlative
Superlative came to English in the 1300s, when Middle English was spoken. This came from Late Latin superlātīvus, equivalent to Latin superlāt(us) meaning “hyperbolical.”