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SUPERLATIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does superlative mean? 

SUPERLATIVE (noun)
  The noun SUPERLATIVE has 3 senses:

1. an exaggerated expression (usually of praise)
2. the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
3. the superlative form of an adjective

  Familiarity information: SUPERLATIVE used as a noun is uncommon.


SUPERLATIVE (adjective)
  The adjective SUPERLATIVE has 1 sense:

1. highest in quality

  Familiarity information: SUPERLATIVE used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SUPERLATIVE (noun)


Sense 1superlative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An exaggerated expression (usually of praise)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

the critics lavished superlatives on it

Hypernyms ("superlative" is a kind of...):

congratulations; extolment; kudos; praise (an expression of approval and commendation)

Domain member usage:

closest; nearest; nighest ((superlative of 'near' or 'close') within the shortest distance)

fewest ((superlative of 'few' used with count nouns and usually preceded by 'the') quantifier meaning the smallest in number)

most ((superlative of 'many' used with count nouns and often preceded by 'the') quantifier meaning the greatest in number)

least (the superlative of 'little' that can be used with mass nouns and is usually preceded by 'the'; a quantifier meaning smallest in amount or extent or degree)

most (the superlative of 'much' that can be used with mass nouns and is usually preceded by 'the'; a quantifier meaning the greatest in amount or extent or degree)

worst ((superlative of 'bad') most wanting in quality or value or condition)

best ((superlative of 'good') having the most positive qualities)


Sense 2superlative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

acme; tiptop; meridian; summit; superlative; pinnacle; height; elevation; peak; top

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("superlative" is a kind of...):

degree; level; point; stage (a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process)


Sense 3superlative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The superlative form of an adjective

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

'best' is the superlative form of 'good'

Hypernyms ("superlative" is a kind of...):

adjective (a word that expresses an attribute of something)


SUPERLATIVE (adjective)


Sense 1superlative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Highest in quality

Synonyms:

greatest; sterling; superlative

Similar:

superior (of high or superior quality or performance)


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