superman

noun
su·​per·​man | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌman How to pronounce superman (audio) \

Definition of superman

1 : a superior man that according to Nietzsche has learned to forgo fleeting pleasures and attain happiness and dominance through the exercise of creative power
2 : a person of extraordinary or superhuman power or achievements

Examples of superman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Followers of the trend from New South Wales to New York are sharing photos online of themselves donning prom dresses, superman costumes and their Sunday best to make the most of a rare trip outside, during the coronavirus crisis. NBC News, "Trump questions accuracy of China's coronavirus death toll," 17 Apr. 2020 Our prayers and good wishes continue to go out to all those superwomen and supermen in our community right now who are doing it all to support and protect their families during this unprecedented time. Charli Penn, Essence, "Angela Simmons Shares Message To Fans: ‘Pray For Single Parents’," 3 Apr. 2020 Police said Kirk was last seen wearing jeans, a black button up shirt, a grey hoodie, a blue and maroon superman hoodie and tan Timberland-like boots. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Police need help locating missing teen from Ross Township," 26 Feb. 2020 Some of your upper-body exercises in today's workout—namely the superman with arm pulldown and the forearm plank reach—are also great for core engagement. Amy Eisinger, M.a., SELF, "Upper-Body Strength Workout With AMRAP Burnout," 31 Dec. 2019 His series pondered America’s love for supermen who fought crime, defeated bad guys, and always lived on the right side of justice. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Brave New World of HBO’s Watchmen," 22 Oct. 2019 The 25-year-old Brazilian fighter put on a wild show during his fight against 33-year-old Canadian native Connelly, with a performance that featured backflips, superman punches, and flying knees. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Michel Pereira was basically flying in his UFC fight against Tristan Connelly," 15 Sep. 2019 General modern histories find pestilence and disease rather dull when compared to national supermen, which are most often military generals. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "How Mosquitos Helped Shape the Course of Human History," 5 Aug. 2019 The astronaut mold was supposed to produce infallible supermen full of the right stuff. David Whitley, orlandosentinel.com, "Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon, but his long, strange trip began after Apollo 11," 10 May 2019

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First Known Use of superman

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for superman

translation of German Übermensch, from über over, super- + Mensch man

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The first known use of superman was in 1894

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“Superman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/superman. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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superman

noun
How to pronounce superman (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of superman

: a man who is very strong, successful, etc.

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