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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from superhuman

superhumanity \ ˌsü-​pər-​hyü-​ˈma-​nə-​tē How to pronounce superhuman (audio) , -​yü-​ \ noun
superhumanly \ ˌsü-​pər-​ˈhyü-​mən-​lē How to pronounce superhuman (audio) , -​ˈyü-​ \ adverb
superhumanness \ ˌsü-​pər-​ˈhyü-​mən-​nəs How to pronounce superhuman (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 AppleTV+ had its first word-of-mouth hit with Ted Lasso, starring Jason Sudeikis as an unqualified English Premier League coach surprising everyone with an almost superhuman level of kindness. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 8 May 2021 Scientists are studying his almost superhuman ability to eliminate fear and control his immune response. Betsy Morris, WSJ, 22 Mar. 2021 From Arkansas and Amsterdam to San Francisco and Singapore, small business owners and entrepreneurs possess seemingly superhuman amounts of courage, tenacity, curiosity, and independence. Arkansas Online, 15 Nov. 2020 The 20-point comeback featured some near-superhuman efforts. Eric Branch,, 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, 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, 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, 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, 21 Mar. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'superhuman.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of superhuman

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about superhuman

Time Traveler for superhuman

Time Traveler

The first known use of superhuman was in 1599

See more words from the same year

Statistics for superhuman

Last Updated

11 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Superhuman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for superhuman



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

More from Merriam-Webster on superhuman

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for superhuman

Nglish: Translation of superhuman for Spanish Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Dog Breeds

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!