su·​per·​hu·​man | \ˌsü-pər-ˈhyü-mən, -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, -​yü-​ \ noun
superhumanly \ˌsü-​pər-​ˈhyü-​mən-​lē, -​ˈyü-​ \ adverb
superhumanness \ˌsü-​pər-​ˈhyü-​mən-​nəs \ 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.

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Some critics went further to note the possibility of an Objectivist reading of Bird’s movie: Here was a story, after all, about literally superhuman individuals being sapped of their potential by the unremarkable, untalented masses. Justin Chang,, "How the dazzling, overstuffed ‘Incredibles 2’ holds up a cracked mirror to present-day reality," 4 July 2018 Sampaoli had described Messi with almost religious-like fervor before the tournament, painting him as a superhuman presence that transcended his peers. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "Croatia Buries Argentina’s World Cup Hopes in a Deep Hole," 22 June 2018 As one of the most powerful beings in the universe, Danvers can fly and is in possession of both superhuman strength and enough stamina to take on even the most feared supervillian—but the trailer only teases her abilities. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Could Captain Marvel Change Superhero Movies Forever?," 18 Sep. 2018 The kickass campaign sees the four members of female celeb royalty joining together to support the beauty in imperfection, and celebrate the value of being far from superhuman. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Ariana Grande and Gigi Hadid's Reebok Campaign Is Pure Fire," 18 July 2018 Mercury is best known as the messenger of the gods, an überathlete with superhuman speed. Michael Mcknight,, "Percy Harvin Takes His Battle With Anxiety Public as He Gets Closer to Internal Peace," 28 June 2018 In any case, the cartoonishly evil warden forces Archie to take Joaquin’s place in the fight club, and Archie appears to have casually developed superhuman fighting abilities, so acquits himself extremely well. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 6 Craziest Things That Happened On Riverdale Tonight," 25 Oct. 2018 AVs have superhuman, 360-degree perception and much faster reaction times, notes Danny Shapiro of NVIDIA, a chipmaker whose products power AVs. The Economist, "From here to autonomyAutonomous-vehicle technology is advancing ever faster," 1 Mar. 2018 At the end of these scrimmages, AlphaGo Zero went head-to-head with the already-superhuman version of AlphaGo that had beaten Lee Sedol. Joshua Sokol, The Atlantic, "AI Keeps Mastering Games, But Can It Win in the Real World?," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of superhuman

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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, -ˈyü-mən\

Kids Definition of superhuman

: going beyond normal human power, size, or ability

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