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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Trump is not incapacitated by brain damage; but he is debilitated by nigh-superhuman sloth and incuriosity. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Briefing Book Includes ‘Screen Grabs of Cable-News Chyrons’," 8 June 2018 Its response, however, was superhuman: It slowly but successfully scaled a 25-story skyscraper, causing a national sensation., "Last Word: The raccoon that rose above," 15 June 2018 Strowman is supposed to be a monster that wreaks havoc in WWE, not a cartoon character capable of superhuman feats. Justin Barrasso,, "The Week in Wrestling: AXS TV’s Mark Cuban Hopes for More Live NJPW Specials," 5 July 2018 Black men of all ages are free to spread their joy all over the world without fear of being threatening or perceived as superhuman. 4. Danielle Young, The Root, "14 Black Holidays We Wish Were Real That Are Not Juneteenth, Kwanzaa or MLK Day," 19 June 2018 But above all, Beyoncé did it without breaking a sweat, an almost superhuman feat. Steven J. Horowitz, Billboard, "Beyonce Brings Out JAY-Z and Destiny's Child for Historic Coachella Headlining Set," 15 Apr. 2018 For anyone else, that would be a superhuman (not to mention crazy expensive) feat, but Puryear has a secret up her sleeve — extreme couponing. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Heroic Mom Feeds 30,000 People in Need Thanks to Extreme Couponing," 14 Mar. 2017 Mostly, Ant-Man has a cool suit that enables him to downsize while having superhuman strength and allows him to communicate with insects that do his bidding. Chris Mckenna, New York Times, "Review: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Save the World! With Jokes!," 4 July 2018 Distilling all the values of a particular time and place into one superhuman frame, these rare creatures serve as both muse and marker for their generation. Catherine Piercy, Vogue, "American Beauty! 33 Legendary Models Made in the USA," 4 July 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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