1. Lifted up to the highest degree; most eminent; surpassing all other; supreme; as, superlative wisdom or prudence; a woman of superlative beauty; the superlative glory of the divine character.

2. Expressing the highest or lowest degree of the quality, manner, etc, denoted by an adjective or an adverb. The superlative degree is formed from the positive by the use of -est, most, or least; as, highest, most pleasant, least bright. Superla"tively, Superla"tiveness.

Origin: L. Superlativus, fr. Superlatus excessive, used as p.p. Of superiorferre, but from a different root: cf. F. Superlatif. See Elate, Tolerate.

(01 Mar 1998)

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