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.

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Playing a superhero in the movies requires real-life superhuman strength. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Here's How Brie Larson Trained to Play Captain Marvel," 7 Mar. 2019 Larson stars in the Captain Marvel film as air force pilot Carol Danvers, who's part human and part Kree (an alien race) with superhuman powers. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brie Larson Has Real-Life Superhero Strength as She Pushes a Nearly 5,000-Pound Car for a Workout," 12 Feb. 2019 After all, self-care is a new year’s resolution that should be top of mind for us all; JLo is just doing it in an exceptionally superhuman way. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez Swaps Her Signature High-Glam Beauty for a Bare-Faced Look—and Wins," 19 Jan. 2019 Reynolds plays test pilot Hal Jordan, who is given superhuman powers and joins the Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic force for peace and justice. Charles Stockdale And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "The 24 most forgettable superheroes in movies," 5 July 2018 For those previously unfamiliar with the Marvel universe character, Cage is a man with superhuman strength and unbreakable skin. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "15 Netflix Shows With the Hottest Sex Scenes You Need to Watch," 21 Dec. 2018 Larson stars as Carol Danvers, an air force pilot who’s part Kree (a warrior alien race) and part human, with superhuman powers. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The First Captain Marvel Trailer Teases Brie Larson as Your Next Favorite Superhero," 18 Sep. 2018 Amazing what 10 powerful fingers connected to a brilliant interpretive mind can achieve in this almost superhuman music. John Von Rhein,, "Pianist Aimard illuminates works of genius from different musical eras," 7 Mar. 2018 His new book attempts to cut through the fantasy and retrospective exaggeration to tell the story of an extraordinary, but certainly not superhuman, life. Ruth Scurr, WSJ, "‘Napoleon: A Life’ Review: He Thought He Was Napoleon," 11 Oct. 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 How to pronounce superhuman (audio) , -ˈyü-mən\

Kids Definition of superhuman

: going beyond normal human power, size, or ability

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