superlative


1su·per·la·tive

adjective \s-ˈpər-lə-tiv\

grammar : of or relating to the form of an adjective or adverb that is used to indicate the greatest degree of a particular quality

: of very high quality

Full Definition of SUPERLATIVE

1
:  of, relating to, or constituting the degree of grammatical comparison that denotes an extreme or unsurpassed level or extent
2
a :  surpassing all others :  supreme
b :  of very high quality :  excellent <superlative work>
3
su·per·la·tive·ly adverb
su·per·la·tive·ness noun

Examples of SUPERLATIVE

  1. The superlative form of nice is nicest; the superlative form of bad is worst; the superlative form of interesting is most interesting.
  2. <the New England town meeting is a superlative example of grassroots democracy>

Origin of SUPERLATIVE

Middle English superlatif, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin superlativus, from Latin superlatus (past participle of superferre to carry over, raise high), from super- + latus, past participle of ferre to carry — more at tolerate, bear
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to SUPERLATIVE

Synonyms
A-OK, A1, awesome, bang-up, banner, beautiful, blue-chip, blue-ribbon, boffo, bonny (also bonnie) [chiefly British], boss [slang], brag, brave, bully, bumper, capital, choice, classic, cool [slang], corking, crackerjack, cracking, dandy, divine, dope [slang], down [slang], dynamite, fab, fabulous, famous, fantabulous [slang], fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string, five-star, four-star, frontline, gangbusters (also gangbuster), gilt-edged (or gilt-edge), gone [slang], grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-class, hot, hype [slang], immense, jim-dandy, keen, lovely, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, out-of-sight [slang], par excellence, peachy, peachy keen, phat [slang], prime, primo [slang], prize, prizewinning, quality, radical [slang], righteous [slang], sensational, slick, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, excellent, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-flight, top-notch, top-of-the-line, topping [chiefly British], top-shelf, unsurpassed, wizard [chiefly British], wonderful
Antonyms
atrocious, awful, execrable, lousy, pathetic, poor, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

2superlative

noun

grammar : the form of an adjective or adverb that is used to indicate the greatest degree of a particular quality : the superlative form of an adjective or adverb

Full Definition of SUPERLATIVE

1
a :  the superlative degree of comparison in a language
b :  a superlative form of an adjective or adverb
2
:  the superlative or utmost degree of something :  acme
3
:  a superlative person or thing
4
:  an admiring sometimes exaggerated expression especially of praise

Examples of SUPERLATIVE

  1. Simplest is the superlative of simple.

First Known Use of SUPERLATIVE

15th century

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

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