superlative ADJECTIVE 1) of the highest quality or degree. 2) Grammar (of an adjective or adverb) expressing the highest or a very high degree of a quality (e.g. bravest, most fiercely). Contrasted with POSITIVE(Cf. ↑positivity) and COMPARATIVE(Cf. ↑comparative).
NOUN an exaggerated expression of praise.
DERIVATIVES superlatively adverb.
ORIGIN Latin superlativus, from superferre 'carry beyond' .

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  • superlatively — su|per|la|tive|ly [ su pɜrlətıvli ] adverb FORMAL 1. ) extremely: superlatively healthy 2. ) extremely well: The violin concerto was superlatively played by Isaac Stern …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • superlatively — UK [sʊˈpɜː(r)lətɪvlɪ] / US [sʊˈpɜrlətɪvlɪ] adverb formal 1) extremely a superlatively fit individual 2) extremely well The violin concerto was superlatively played by Isaac Stern …   English dictionary

  • superlatively — su|per|la|tive|ly [su:ˈpə:lətıvli, sju: US suˈpə:r ] adv extremely ▪ superlatively happy …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • superlatively — adverb extremely: superlatively happy …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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  • superlatively — adverb see superlative I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • superlatively — See superlative. * * * …   Universalium

  • superlatively — adverb In a superlative manner, in the greatest possible way …   Wiktionary

  • superlatively — adv. in a superlative manner …   English contemporary dictionary

  • superlatively — su·per·la·tive·ly …   English syllables

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