su·​per·​man | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌman \

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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At the Wang, the featured guest was session superman Larry Campbell, whose long resume includes a spell as musical director for perhaps the best late-period incarnation of Bob Dylan’s live band. Jeremy D. Goodwin,, "Phil Lesh and Bob Weir’s explorations never get old," 8 Mar. 2018 Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are the apex of baseball evolution, the point to which everything has led—massive dingers hit by gargantuan supermen, every ball off the bat a screamer at 110 mph. Jon Tayler,, "Yankees? Yes! Angels? Sure! Tigers? No! Ranking the Watchability of Every MLB Team This Season," 2 Apr. 2018 Lionel Messi tried his luck early on with a curling free-kick in the ninth minute but Jaume Domenech cleared it away with a superman punch., "Valencia 0-2 Barcelona: Coutinho Scores First Barca Goal as Catalans Reach Copa del Rey Final," 8 Feb. 2018 Otherwise, Brady, the Patriots' 40-year-old superman, was customarily outstanding, even in defeat, throwing for almost 500 yards and four touchdowns. Alex Johnson, NBC News, "Eagles topple mighty Patriots, 41-33, to win first Super Bowl," 4 Feb. 2018 Penn State’s Saquon Barkley put on his superman cape in a win at Iowa in late September, only to be leapfrogged later on by other backs. Chris Johnson,, "Baker Mayfield's Decisive Heisman Win a Testament to His Superb Senior Season," 9 Dec. 2017 Army ran 60 more plays than the Aztecs and dominated time of possession by 30 minutes, yet still needed good fortune to overcome San Diego State’s superman, Rashaad Penny. John Henry, star-telegram, "Late two-point conversion gives Army edge in run-heavy duel with San Diego State," 23 Dec. 2017 The Power and the Glory (1933) embodied the hankering for a superman in title, sentiment, and central character. Thomas Doherty, Slate Magazine, "When Fascist Heroes Took Over the Movies," 30 Mar. 2017 Huff led them into a series of poses, from the tree pose to the superman pose, where the men lay on their mats with their arms stretched forward and legs lifted in the back. Johnny Diaz,, "Yoga for inmates: 'It makes me forget about all the little things'," 15 Sep. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of superman

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

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