su·​per·​hero | \ˈsü-pər-ˌhir-(ˌ)ō, -ˌhē-(ˌ)rō\

Definition of superhero 

: a fictional hero having extraordinary or superhuman powers also : an exceptionally skillful or successful person

Examples of superhero in a Sentence

The people who do this dangerous work are real-life superheroes who deserve our gratitude.

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And even more importantly, these possible nominees run the gamut from superhero movies to horror movies to musicals. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "It looks like the Oscars are going to nominate a bunch of big hits for Best Picture," 30 Nov. 2018 This idea has been explored in a number of superhero movies, including such diverse fare as The Incredibles, Watchmen, and the post-Sokovia adventures of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Forget movie villains—it’s the “good” superheroes that are the most violent," 9 Nov. 2018 And this could mean a positive step toward showing more body diversity both in the superhero genre and movies overall. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Plus-Size Female Superhero Faith Herbert Might Be Getting Her Own Movie," 29 June 2018 There never was a black superhero, and now there is. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "She wanted to coach football, but everyone told her no. This spring, Panthers said yes.," 13 June 2018 Since the Deadpool film series exists to mock the entire superhero genre, Cable is somewhat of a figure of fun in the movie, constantly belittled by Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) for his steely demeanor. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Dour Resurgence of Cable, Deadpool 2’s Anti-Hero," 23 May 2018 What is the impact of the movie on the superhero genre? azcentral, "Visit Us at Phoenix Comic Fest 2018," 22 May 2018 The Deadpool franchise is an eclectic mashup of genres and a meta-parody of the superhero genre, so the very weird tone set by its marketing stunts matches its product perfectly. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "All the ridiculous Deadpool 2 marketing stunts you may have missed," 18 May 2018 This Spider-Man chapter focuses on a version of the superhero unknown to casual viewers but found in the comic books. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "The Movies to See This Holiday Season," 17 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of superhero

1899, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of superhero

: a fictional character who has amazing powers (such as the ability to fly)

: a very heroic person


su·​per·​he·​ro | \ˈsü-pər-ˌhir-ō, -ˌhē-rō\

Kids Definition of superhero

: a fictional hero having extraordinary or superhuman powers

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