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Definition 1: an exaggerated expression (usually of praise) - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where superlative or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the critics lavished superlatives on it

(superlative is a kind of ...) an expression of approval and commendation

"he always appreciated praise for his work"

(superlative is the usage domain for ...) (superlative of `good') having the most positive qualities

"the best film of the year" "the best solution" "the best time for planting" "wore his best suit"

(superlative is the usage domain for ...) (superlative of `bad') most wanting in quality or value or condition

"the worst player on the team" "the worst weather of the year"

(superlative is the usage domain for ...) the superlative of `much' that can be used with mass nouns and is usually preceded by `the'; a quantifier meaning the greatest in amount or extent or degree

"made the most money he could" "what attracts the most attention?" "made the most of a bad deal"

(superlative is the usage domain for ...) the superlative of `little' that can be used with mass nouns and is usually preceded by `the'; a quantifier meaning smallest in amount or extent or degree

"didn't care the least bit" "he has the least talent of anyone"

(superlative is the usage domain for ...) (superlative of `many' used with count nouns and often preceded by `the') quantifier meaning the greatest in number

"who has the most apples?" "most people like eggs" "most fishes have fins"

(superlative is the usage domain for ...) (superlative of `few' used with count nouns and usually preceded by `the') quantifier meaning the smallest in number

"the fewest birds in recent memory"

(superlative is the usage domain for ...) (superlative of `near' or `close') within the shortest distance

"that was the time he came nearest to death"

Definition 2: the superlative form of an adjective or adverb - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where superlative or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • `fastest' is the superlative of the adjective `fast'
  • `least famous' is the superlative degree of the adjective `famous'
  • `most surely' is the superlative of the adverb `surely'

Synonyms for superlative in the sense of this definition

(superlative is a kind of ...) a word that expresses an attribute of something

(superlative is a kind of ...) a word that modifies something other than a noun

Definition 3: the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development - [noun denoting state]

Samples where superlative or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his landscapes were deemed the acme of beauty
  • the artist's gifts are at their acme
  • at the height of her career
  • the peak of perfection
  • summer was at its peak
  • ...catapulted Einstein to the pinnacle of fame
  • the summit of his ambition
  • so many highest superlatives achieved by man
  • at the top of his profession

Synonyms for superlative in the sense of this definition

(superlative is a kind of ...) a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process

"a remarkable degree of frankness" "at what stage are the social sciences?"

Definition 4: highest in quality - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for superlative in the sense of this definition

(superlative is similar to ...) of high or superior quality or performance

"superior wisdom derived from experience" "superior math students"

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