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

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Recent Examples on the Web Brian started out as a nerdy college kid with a passion for science, and eventually was developed into a strapping blond superman by artist Alan Davis. Christian Holub,, 21 July 2022 With expressive brushwork, the muscular superman’s dynamic thrust, magnified by the serpentine twirl of his crimson cloak, is paired with the flying fur on the fearsome boar’s snarling head. Los Angeles Times, 6 Dec. 2021 This match played off Orange Cassidy’s quick win over Will Hobbs last year on AEW Dark, except this time Hobbs countered the superman punch with a spinebuster for a nearfall. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 23 Oct. 2021 But perhaps one of the most remarkable of all is the story of Manfred Gans, an orthodox Jew from Borken, Germany who transformed into a near superman under the nom de guerre Fred Gray. Leah Garrett, Time, 21 June 2021 Jack is superman, Nicky always in need of rescuing. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 26 May 2021 Keep your neck and back in a neutral plane. Hold the superman for a few seconds at the top of the movement, then slowly lower back down to starting position. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, 27 Jan. 2021 The superman exercise is one of those effective bodyweight moves that works practically every single muscle in the body. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, 27 Jan. 2021 Jackson’s fourth-quarter feats were the stuff of legend, part Willis Reed, part superman. Jonas Shaffer,, 15 Dec. 2020 See More

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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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“Superman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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