superman

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noun su·per·man \ˈsü-pər-ˌman\

Definition of superman

  1. 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. 2 :  a person of extraordinary or superhuman power or achievements

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Origin and Etymology of superman

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


SUPERMAN Defined for English Language Learners

superman

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Definition of superman for English Language Learners

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


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