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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Superlative  \Su`per*la"tive\,  a.  [L.  superlativus  fr 
  superlatus  excessive,  used  as  p.  p.  of  superiorferre  but 
  from  a  different  root:  cf  F.  superlatif  See  {Elate}, 
  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.  (Gram.)  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.  --  {Su`per*la"tive*ly},  adv  -- 
  {Su`per*la"tive*ness},  n. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Superlative  \Su`per*la"tive\,  n. 
  1.  That  which  is  highest  or  most  eminent;  the  utmost  degree. 
  2.  (Gram.) 
  a  The  superlative  degree  of  adjectives  and  adverbs; 
  also  a  form  or  word  by  which  the  superlative  degree 
  is  expressed;  as  strongest,  wisest,  most  stormy, 
  least  windy,  are  all  superlatives. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  highest  in  quality  [syn:  {greatest},  {sterling(a)}] 
  n  1:  an  exaggerated  expression  (usually  of  praise);  "the  critics 
  lavished  superlatives  on  it" 
  2:  the  highest  level  or  degree  attainable:  "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"  [syn:  {acme},  {height},  {elevation}, 
  {peak},  {pinnacle},  {summit},  {top}] 
  3:  the  superlative  form  of  an  adjective;  "`best'  is  the 
  superlative  form  of  `good'" 

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