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Word of the Day 05/31/17 Superlative

Superlative (adjective, noun)
superlative [suh-pur-luh-tiv, soo-]


adjective
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. Compare comparative (def 4), positive (def 21).
3. being more than is proper or normal; exaggerated in language or style.

noun
4. a superlative person or thing.
5. the utmost degree; acme.
6. Grammar.
a. the superlative degree.
b. a form in the superlative.

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1. surpassing, excellent, magnificent, preeminent.

Origin: 1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin superlātīvus, equivalent to Latin superlāt(us) hyperbolical (super- super- + -lātus, suppletive past participle of ferre to bear1) + -īvus -ive; replacing Middle English superlatif < Old French < Late Latin, as above

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