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What does "Superlative" mean?

Definition

(a.) Expressing the highest or lowest degree of the quality, manner, etc., denoted by an adjective or an adverb. The superlative degree is formed from the positive by the use of -est, most, or least; as, highest, most pleasant, least bright (a.) Lifted up to the highest degree; most eminent; surpassing all other; supreme; as, superlative wisdom or prudence; a woman of superlative beauty; the superlative glory of the divine character (n.) That which is highest or most eminent; the utmost degree (n.) The superlative degree of adjectives and adverbs; also, a form or word by which the superlative degree is expressed; as, strongest, wisest, most stormy, least windy, are all superlatives


Synonyms top, peak, pinnacle, summit, acme, superior, height, sterling, elevation, greatest


Example: "`best' is the superlative form of `good'" Example: "The critics lavished superlatives on it" Example: "So many highest superlatives achieved by man"


Word Family superlatively, superlatives