superhuman

adjective
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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Her output is also the result of a near superhuman ability to run on little sleep. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "How The Hell Has Danielle Steel Managed to Write 179 Books?," 9 May 2019 Mary’s power lies in her superhuman sense of smell, and there’s no doubt in my mind that Kate could easily steal the whole movie just...sniffing. Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "Recasted: Who Would Star in a Hocus Pocus Remake?," 31 Oct. 2018 Get caught without your bug spray just once and the inevitable happens: red, angry, itchy mosquito bites that take nearly superhuman willpower to avoid scratching. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Mosquito Bites and Stop Itching ASAP," 18 Mar. 2019 LeBron James looked human for a quick flash in Tuesday's news conference, but to keep Cleveland from clinging to the end of its season, the Cavs will need yet another superhuman performance. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Leaning on LeBron: Can the King's Cape Carry the Cavaliers' Cast in Game 3?," 6 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of superhuman

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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superhuman

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of superhuman

: greater than normal human power, size, or ability

superhuman

adjective
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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