One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with object To rise above; to surpass greatly; to excel more or to a higher degree than. Also without object: to excel highly or greatly.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Mirour of Mans Saluacioune. From post-classical Latin superexcellere to surpass greatly, to excel more than, to excel greatly from classical Latin super- + excellere.
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