su·​per·​hu·​man | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈhyü-mən How to pronounce superhuman (audio) , -ˈyü- \

Definition of superhuman

1 : being above the human : divine superhuman beings
2 : exceeding normal human power, size, or capability : herculean a superhuman effort superhuman strength also : having such power, size, or capability

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Other Words from superhuman

superhumanity \ ˌsü-​pər-​hyü-​ˈma-​nə-​tē How to pronounce superhumanity (audio) , -​yü-​ \ noun
superhumanly \ ˌsü-​pər-​ˈhyü-​mən-​lē How to pronounce superhumanly (audio) , -​ˈyü-​ \ adverb
superhumanness \ ˌsü-​pər-​ˈhyü-​mən-​nəs How to pronounce superhumanness (audio) \ noun

Examples of superhuman in a Sentence

The character in the film acquires superhuman powers. It will take a superhuman effort for them to win the championship.
Recent Examples on the Web The 20-point comeback featured some near-superhuman efforts. Eric Branch,, "Top 49ers games of past decade: Kaepernick dominates early years," 1 Apr. 2020 Obviously this creates major challenges for an adolescent girl, but one of the most moving things in the movie is how Rocks makes a superhuman effort to shoulder the responsibility forced on her. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Rocks': Film Review," 7 Oct. 2019 As a result, some of the first clear influences seen in Superman come from such stories', which often featured characters who possessed incredible abilities such as superhuman strength, telepathy, and clairvoyance. Theo Karasavvas, Ars Technica, "How modern tech has powered our favorite superheroes through the years," 4 Jan. 2020 The lives of those often regarded as superhuman have also been brought to a standstill by a virus that does not discriminate. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Experts warn lockdown could come at 'psychological cost' to footballers," 3 Apr. 2020 Despite Williams’s success as a hitter, baseball traditionalists dismissed his ideas as too complicated and strange for mere mortals, who lacked the superhuman natural gifts of the Splendid Splinter. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "The Home Run Revolution," 21 Mar. 2020 But is anyone else beginning to think the Property Brothers are superhuman? Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "The Property Brothers Have a New Feel-Good Show Dropping Next Month and Brad Pitt, Melissa McCarthy, Viola Davis, and Other Celebrities Will Appear on It," 11 Mar. 2020 The Naruto Run is named after a manga character who runs at superhuman speed with his arms stretched out behind him. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Area 51 Raid: Everything That’s Happening in the Desert Today," 20 Sep. 2019 Its central character, a former soldier named Ray Garrison (Diesel), is brought back to life with nanotechnology that gives him superhuman strength and the ability to immediately be healed by microscopic robots. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "‘Bloodshot’ has plenty of brawn, but lacks brains," 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of superhuman

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jun 2020

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“Superhuman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of superhuman

: greater than normal human power, size, or ability


su·​per·​hu·​man | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈhyü-mən How to pronounce superhuman (audio) , -ˈyü-mən \

Kids Definition of superhuman

: going beyond normal human power, size, or ability

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