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Meaning of SUPERLATIVE

Pronunciation:  su'purlutiv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  the superlative form of an adjective; "`best' is the superlative form of `good'"
  2. [n]  an exaggerated expression (usually of praise); "the critics lavished superlatives on it"
  3. [n]  the highest level or degree attainable; "his landscapes were deemed the acme of beauty"; "the artist's gifts are at their acme"; "at the height of her career"; "the peak of perfection"; "summer was at its peak"; "...catapulted Einstein to the pinnacle of fame"; "the summit of his ambition"; "so many highest superlatives achieved by man"; "at the top of his profession"
  4. [adj]  highest in quality
 

SUPERLATIVE is a 11 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: acme, elevation, greatest, height, peak, pinnacle, sterling(a), summit, superior, top
 
 See Also: adjective, congratulations, degree, kudos, level, point, praise, stage

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Su`per*la"tive\, a. [L. superlativus, fr.
    superlatus excessive, used as p. p. of superiorferre, but
    from a different root: cf. F. superlatif. See {Elate},
    {Tolerate}.]
    1. 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.
    
    2. (Gram.) 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. -- {Su`per*la"tive*ly}, adv. --
       {Su`per*la"tive*ness}, n.
    
    
  2. \Su`per*la"tive\, n.
    1. That which is highest or most eminent; the utmost degree.
    
    2. (Gram.)
       (a) 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.
    
    
    
    {Absolute superlative}, a superlative in an absolute rather
       than in a comparative or exclusive sense. See {Elative}.
    
    
 

 

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