One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Add (something) to what has already been added.‘if the overlying skin is perforated and septic infection is superadded, the bone disintegrates’
- ‘If sickness or some of those casualties which are perpetually incident to an active and laborious life, be superadded to these burthens, the distress is yet greater.’
- ‘If an essence becomes actual only in virtue of something else - viz. existence - being superadded to it, then what gives existence its reality, and so on ad infinitum?’
- ‘This nature, however, is not something superadded to things from outside, like an accident, but conjoined with their substances.’
Late Middle English: from Latin superaddere (see super-, add).
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