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[soo-per-hyoo-muh n or, often, -yoo-] /ˌsu pərˈhyu mən or, often, -ˈyu-/
above or beyond what is human; having a higher nature or greater powers than humans have:
a superhuman being.
exceeding ordinary human power, achievement, experience, etc.:
a superhuman effort.
Origin of superhuman
1625-35; < New Latin superhūmānus. See super-, human
Related forms
[soo-per-hyoo-man-i-tee or, often, -yoo-] /ˌsu pər hyuˈmæn ɪ ti or, often, -yu-/ (Show IPA),
superhumanness, noun
superhumanly, adverb Unabridged
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  • superhuman capabilities could be available at the push of a button.
  • But not even superhuman efforts could improve the situation.
  • The expedition required painstaking logistics and almost superhuman stamina.
  • The modern spectator, whether in the ground or on the sofa, is losing the attention span to appreciate such superhuman efforts.
  • However a few mental disorders confer superhuman abilities and the patients can be highly successful and well adjusted.
  • Probably, but it's not because the data has given me superhuman self-coaching abilities.
  • There might conceivably be evidence that a superhuman power exists and has caused an otherwise inexplicable event.
  • Maybe his problems were brought on by his desire to operate at a superhuman pace.
  • There is a region in the experience of pain where the certainty of alleviation often permits superhuman endurance.
  • Their tension comes from prolonged, superhuman acts of self-restraint.
British Dictionary definitions for superhuman


having powers above and beyond those of mankind
exceeding normal human ability or experience
Derived Forms
superhumanity, superhumanness, noun
superhumanly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for superhuman

1630s, from Medieval Latin superhumanus; see super- + human (adj.).

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