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 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 Daylight, as he is referred to throughout the story, has been in Alaska since the late 1880s and is known as a superman among supermen. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Nov. 2020 The superman logo also appears in on the bedspread for a plush round bed upstairs. Ally Mauch,, 9 Sep. 2020 For much of his life, President Donald Trump has promoted himself as a virtual superman who has endless energy, needs little sleep, rarely gets sick and excelled at sports in his youth. Peter Baker, Star Tribune, 3 Sep. 2020

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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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30 Jun 2021

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“Superman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of superman

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

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