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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
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[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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  • The dictating character of conscience, therefore, is clearly in itself of no avail as pointing to a superhuman Dictator.

    A Candid Examination of Theism George John Romanes
  • Indeed, he was always not only human, but superhuman; not only a man, but superman.

  • On the contrary, it is a strange course of procedure, a superhuman confidence, an inexplicable reality.

    The Tragedy of St. Helena Walter Runciman
  • Then at last she smiled, and there was in her eyes a look of superhuman love.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • Still there were moments when to keep it penned within its limits was agony—agony untold, superhuman, well-nigh unendurable.

    The Sign of the Spider Bertram Mitford
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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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